Thumbsucka!!

Squidge is a thumbsucker as I’m sure most of you have noticed. The day she started sucking her thumb was a happy day here at casa da Squidge.

It was the first time she self-soothed and after months and months of a grumpy crying baby were were freaking ecstatic.

Fast-forward to- now. She still sucks her thumb of course and up until a couple of days ago I was OK with this.

Now, not so much. I noticed that her two front teeth are beginning to poke out a bit in a.. how shall I say it- bucktooth kinda way. So I’ve been telling her to stop sucking her thumb and she does, stop that is. I’m torn though.

I feel bad when I ask her to stop sucking her thumb.  She loves that thumb.   I tell her she can suck her thumb when she wants to go to bed. Then I ask her if she wants to go to bed and at that point she runs away from me as fast as she can while saying NOOOOOOOO!! Cool, she doesn’t have to go to bed but she does have to stop sucking her thumb!!

Her dad was a dyed in the wool thumb sucker until the age of 8 and thinks I’m mean. That she’ll stop sucking her thumb when she’s good and ready. What do you think. Should I continue to stop her from sucking her beloved thumb or should I wait until she’s 18??

13 Comments

  1. April 24, 2008 /

    I sucked my thumb for quite a while… But I think what you’re doing is right. Let her suck her thumb to sleep (or on an airplane to relieve pressure) but not when she’s out and about…

    Good mama.

  2. byrney
    April 24, 2008 /

    I’ve always been very scared of thumb sucking because I know my sisters teeth suffered which is why I went for a dummy and then ditched that before any proper attachment formed. I would maybe try to discourage it by distracting her but an outright ban sounds a bit mean… JMO

  3. April 24, 2008 /

    I think by gently encouraging her to only suck her thumb as sleep time is a good idea. When she starts to suck, ask her if she wants to go sit in her crib/on her bed for awhile. Most likely she won’t and she’ll stop.

  4. mariel
    April 24, 2008 /

    i sucked my thumb until i was about 13! and i kind of have buckteeth…..i was afraid to sleep over friends houses because i thought they would laugh at me! my parents tried everything…even painting my nail with hot sauce…but i love hot sauce….so i say she is still young, but it may get harder to break the habit as she gets older.

  5. maria
    April 24, 2008 /

    I can’t take sides.. or tell you what to do.. I sympathize.. I am having trouble enough with a diva who won’t give up her bottle..ever!! uuggh.. sounds like you have it under control though..

  6. maryann
    April 25, 2008 /

    Well, my opionion as a speech therapist… NO THUMB SUCKING… I see many kids with “frontal” lisps because of the thumb sucking… that tongue gets so strong and protrudes through the teeth…it can really affect the pronounciation. It doesn’t happen to all kids… but you never know. I must say she is very adorable thumb sucking or not…

    I also have a second grader who still sucks her thumb.. I feel really badly for her… she does it in school without even realizing it… we have to put bandaids on her little thumbs… I guess I was the wrong person to ask with all my horror stories… =/

    XOXO

  7. Jo Beaufoix
    April 25, 2008 /

    I’m with Corey. I was a thumb sucker and didn’t get buck teeth, but Miss E was a dummy lover up till three when the dentist said we needed to take them off her as it was affecting the shape of her mouth. It’s a difficult one, but what you’re doing sounds good.

  8. habitual
    April 25, 2008 /

    I’d slowly taper her off the thumb. Is there something else she can use to self soothe now that she’s older? A special blanket or doll? I don’t have kids, but I remember my sister sucked her thumb forever and I know it tacked an extra year onto her braces. Now her 2.5 year old daughter is a major thumbsucker too…..she’s not sure how to taper her off either.

  9. Tia Lilliana
    April 26, 2008 /

    Hi

  10. Jenty
    April 26, 2008 /

    Tough call. My sister is 21 and her finger nail still doesn’t grow because she sucked it until she was about 7 and had a brace with a spike to stop it.
    That’s why I was totally happy when my kids used dummies.

  11. April 27, 2008 /

    I honestly don’t know. Neither of mine are thumbsuckers and I have no idea how to fix it. I’m helpful, aren’t I?

  12. April 30, 2008 /

    I can offer no advice but please share if you come up with something, at 17 months Eilidhs thumb sucking does not bother me but i know a day will come when i have to put a stop to it.

    Does Squidge do it alot? Eilidh does it on and off all day, she seems to use it to regroup and then go back to what ever she is doing

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