Thumb sucking

  • I would like a little guidance if anyone has gone through this or has any ideas please

    My boys both suck their thumbs. They are 4 and 8 year old.

    Neither of them had dummy's when they were little, but I think that my 8 year old is causing warts no the side of his thumb.

    How best is it to stop them sucking their thumbs, or would it be more problems in stopping them?

    Thank you
  • There's some comments from members quite a few years ago posted here that may be helpful
    http://www.familycorner.com/parentin...bsucking.shtml
  • Thank you very much :D

    Will take a look
  • I was a thumb sucker, my mom tried everything imaginable. Nothing worked I eventually stopped on my own. So when one of mine was a thumb sucker I just let her be. She eventually quit on her own
  • my dd was a thumb sucker, we tired so many things but finally when we left her alone she finally wean herself..

    My mother was a shirt collar biter, I was a nail biter... so thinkj sometimes it runs in the family

    Oh my the way my dd is now 31 and her thumbs looks fine..
  • Like cau, I too was a thumb sucker, and my parents tried everything from threatening to put Tabasco sauce on my thumbs to showing me what happens to the moth structure of children who suck their thumbs past the baby/toddler stage. My advice is this: How secure is their life style at home? Before you answer that - first put yourself back in your childself and try to think of things that could make you feel insecure - then look to see if any of your ideas are equivelent or similar to what their fears might be. Another suggestion is be very patient with your children about this do not harp on them or nag at their thumb sucking needs, and lastly consult your family doctor with your children present - S/He will be a better judge as to the condition your childrens thumb sucking is having on their bodies... Warts are not always caused by thumb sucking, there are many other reasons why your child may have received the wart...more then lickly your child may have a calous (similar in visual appearance to a wart, but non-virally created) - another reason to have your pediatritcian review the children thumb sucking and health concerns with you and the children present.
  • I remember a friends baby sister used to suck her thumb until she was 6 or 7. Looked so ridiculous. I used to think, if that was my kid I'd correct her every time I caught her doing it.
  • why if it makes the child feel secure.
  • Because it's babyish and looks ridiculous (not at all in keeping with how a 6, 7 or 8 year old should act), not to mention it often promotes malformation of a child's front-teeth (buck-teeth), and by age 2-3, a child should be gaining ground and moving forward - maturity wise, not still acting like a baby. It's not in keeping (whatsoever) as to a well-adjusted and maturing child, and it doesn't reflect a mother who is in touch with helping guide her child past their babyish years and ways.

    We toilet train our kids by age 3 (on average), but because there are kids who would gladly continue wetting and soiling their pants if their mothers allowed them to, we should start keeping our children in diapers till age 6, 7, or 8? Because the child likes it and is comfortable that way?

    Same goes for sucking on a bottle. Mothers try and wean their kids off the bottle by age 2 to 2-1/2 years, yet shall we all start allowing our 6, 7 and 8 year olds to carry on wandering around with a baby bottle flopping from their mouths by the rubber nipple, because they like the bottle over a cup?

    And we work on getting our kids out of the crib by age 3 or 4, but because junior likes his crib, I should continue allowing junior to use his baby crib?

    I think this is the exact problem with parenthood nowadays, babies raising babies. Mothers who haven't grown-up themselves. Furthermore, double-income importance has taken a front-seat today when it comes to all things, childrearing at the top, and it shows, whereas in my moms day, moms stayed at home, so children tended to be raised properly, hence the lack of levels in maturity I see today as compared to my generation.

    A MAJOR pet-peeve of mine for the longest time now has been moms who have kids and then look to a daycare to raise them. Give me a break. If you want kids, then step up to the plate and show some responsibility and direction and stay home and raise your kids yourself, and yes, sometimes sacrifices need to be made (boo-hoo), so maybe there won't be that brand spanking new Cadillac Escalade parked out front in the driveway for all to see (wow, look at the Jones' next door), or a brand spanking new triple-decker home on the hill.

    So pick one or the other, you either want kids and to be a parent, or you want a career, take a side, and for those who want both, quit yer-belly-aching as to child-care costs, and don't even think about crying that you can't afford diapers! That one really chaps my rear-end! Especially as a mom who raised SIX kids in CLOTH DIAPERS AND RUBBER PANTS (without daycare and constant babysitters)! Or has society become that inept that us older moms need to take today's younger mothers by the hand, and walk them through the process as to how to properly and economically diaper their babies? Honestly... I think it has come to that, among other things.

    It all fits part-and-parcel with today's generation. Everyone wants kids but the days of old-fashioned mothering has all but disappeared. Sure, there's always the exception to the rule, so yes, there are good mothers out there today, but I tend to see more of the opposite side of the spectrum nowadays, hence the 5 year old kid sitting in the shopping cart at the department store or supermarket, with a tuft of disposable diaper sticking out at the back of their pants. Pathetic (to say the least).
  • I disagree, every child is not ready for everything at the same time. Just ask any 1st grade or kindergarten teacher.know your child if 1 needs a little longer tan another thats ok in my book