Oliver has never used a dummy. We had some at the ready in case he wanted to use them, but he’d always spit it out. Instead of using a dummy, he likes to suck his thumb. Yes, he’s a thumb-sucker. I guess a positive of using a dummy is that you can just take it away after a while, but not with a thumb. How do you take away a thumb from your child?
We recently had a visit from the local Health Adviser and they made a passing comment about Oliver sucking his thumb. ‘If Oliver carries on sucking his thumb his top teeth will be pulled forward and his bottom teeth will be pushed back’. I had nothing against the comment what so ever as it wasn’t said maliciously. It’s a true statement after all! It just got me thinking on how do I try and stop a 1 year old from sucking his thumb.
‘Try casually pulling his thumb out of his mouth without making it a big deal.’
This is what the health adviser recommended for me to do. I kind of think this is easier said than done. Oliver let’s me take his thumb out of his mouth, but then he’ll just pop it back in every single time. He also falls asleep whilst sucking his thumb. I do sometimes go in to his room when he’s fast asleep and slowly take his thumb it out of his mouth, but I’ll go back in after a couple of hours and, BAM, it’s back in his mouth. Let’s be real, I can’t stand by his cot all night to take his thumb out of his mouth and then wait for him to pop it back in. I can at least do my best by taking his thumb out as much as I can.
I’ve been told to buy a liquid that you paint onto the babies nails which tastes disgusting, so it encourages them to not suck their thumb. I know this as I used to bite my nails and I wore it to stop me! But is Oliver a bit too young to wear this? I’ve got a bit of research to do on this one.
This topic got me thinking a bit. I quite honestly have no idea how to stop a thumb-sucker from sucking his thumb. Is Oliver too young to try and stop him? He’s only 1 year old. He’s still at the age where he needs a bit of comfort which he’ll find by sucking on his thumb. Will it affect his teeth at such a young age? Since the health adviser visited I’ve been thinking about Oliver and his thumb sucking a lot. I don’t know whether to leave it for the time being and try again when he’s older, or to start it now so he get’s the idea early.
Is 1 year old too early to start stopping thumb-sucking?
What do you think? Is 1 year old too early, or would it be best to start now so he get’s the idea? The past few days I’ve been taking his thumb out when the opportunity has been there, but I honestly don’t know whether it’s doing anything. As I said, he just pops it back in when he get’s the chance.
For the time being I think I’ll continue to take his thumb out of his mouth when I can, but I’m not going to go out of my way to make sure it’s never in there. He still finds comfort in sucking his thumb. He’s only one. I think he still needs it. Maybe I’ll try properly when he’s a bit older?
What do you think? Have you had any experience in a thumb-sucker? I’d appreciate any tips you have!