.....to fit plastic thumb guards onto my 2 year old, to stop thumb sucking?

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stoopstofolly Wed 26-Sep-12 09:35:19

First time poster, long time lurker.

I?m having an argument debate with DH about DS?s constant thumb sucking. He?s just 2, and sucks his thumb for hours a day. The dentist says it?s affecting his jaw, the audiologist says that his speech is delayed because his thumb is in all the time, and sometimes his thumb is so sore it bleeds.

On Sunday I watched him try to eat Sunday lunch without removing his thumb! My doctor said that normally she?d recommend leaving it in the hope he grows out of it, but because it?s so extreme, she suggested this:

www.thumbguard.co.uk/

I fitted it 2 days ago. He doesn?t seem bothered by wearing it BUT he?s unhappy because he's not able to suck his thumb. He?s gone from being a laid back, cheerful little boy to a grumpy, sad one- and it?s my fault. I?ve taken his (very effective) self soothing mechanism away, and he?s nothing to replace it with. He?s also waking at 5 am and is unable to go back to sleep.

DH says that he?s only little and we should focus on him being happy (hard to disagree with.) However, I?m persevering with it because when I look at his poor bleeding (literally!) thumb, listen to other children his age using words he?s never attempted, and remember what the dentist, doctor and audiologist said, I think we need to do something. However, the fact he?s unhappy is extremely distressing. We?ve no history on either side of the family of thumb sucking, and none of my friends children do it, so I?ve no one to ask. Am I doing the right thing?

CajaDeLaMemoria Wed 26-Sep-12 09:39:19

Did the doctor not suggest anything to replace it with?

I'm surprised that they haven't encouraged you to find something else that can soothe him, hopefully without needing to suck it. A teddy or a blanket or something that he can use for security as he does his thumb - with a replacement, you'll probably find he is happy and relaxed again, even if it does take some time for him to stop wanting to suck his thumb.

It's a hard thing to do, but for what its worth, I think you are doing the right thing. It just gets harder as they get older! Give him lots of extra cuddles and try to teach him to soothe in other ways - hopefully this stage will be over very soon, and he'll start talking more.

SpaceCorpsDirective34124 Wed 26-Sep-12 09:40:44

I am 38 and I still suck my thumb. blush It has wrecked my teeth and I have a wonky jaw. and I can't stop! It is a bitch of a habit to break. It's so soothing and comforting.

I disagree with your husband. If you don't tackle it now, it will get harder and harder to break. It will be hellish in the short term, but for the sake of the long term, you'll just have to cope with it. Find something - a toy perhaps - to be his comforter.

Every parent wants their child to be happy, but you can't be shortsighted about it. Many times you have to accept short term unhappiness because you are looking at the big picture. You can't take the easy /soft hearted option. Particularly if it is causing speech delay and dental problems! You really can't.

VoterColonelSebastianDoyle Wed 26-Sep-12 09:41:00

i know this may sound a bit silly now, but instead of him doing damage to his thumb,if you still want him to be soothed by something maybe try him with a dummy? (prepares to be flamed) At least then its not hurting his thumb?

Fairylea Wed 26-Sep-12 09:44:46

Not usually something I'd suggest but would he have a dummy instead... for night time etc ?? Then you can give it away to the dummy fairies at some point....

I have to say my 9 yr old still sucks her thumb occasionally and at night and I've never stopped her. I guess it depends how chronic it is but 2 seems very young to be worrying about it to me...

IloveJudgeJudy Wed 26-Sep-12 09:52:43

No, you are nbu. I know a girl who is now 18 who still sucks her thumb. It is completely deformed and very small. She also gets mocked for it as she does it in public, not just at home.

Agree with trying a dummy for him to soothe himself if a teddy or other cuddly toy (or indeed any toy) will not work for him. It's a few days (or maybe weeks) of grumpiness for a life of being able to speak properly, not having a bleeding thumb, nor having a deformed mouth.

EspressoMartiniToGo Wed 26-Sep-12 09:53:00

Be strong and stick with it, my ds who is now nearly 9 is now having to be fitted with braces and has had to have several milk teeth removed. Constant thumb sucking up to age 5ish (when he self-weaned!) has narrowed his jaw so there is not enough space for his adult teeth coming through. Tis rotten to deprive him of a habit he loves so much, but if I could go back in time then I would have broken him of the habit at about your ds's age. Agree with trying a sleep time dummy or blanky. Good luck!

IWishIWasSheRa Wed 26-Sep-12 11:09:01

I think you are doing the right thing! I used them for my daughter when she was 3 or just turned 4 - cant remember. I didn't experience the problems you were having because having heard the dentist she decided she didn't want' poorly teeth' so we fitted the guards so she wouldn't accidentally suck her thumb- it took two weeks and she is 6 now and hasnt sucked it since. She also stopped using her comforter soon after naturally as it no longer held the same association and now takes a different teddy every night. her teeth had visibly moved to a better position within 6 months and her adult teeth have come through in the correct position.
Unfortunately you are not at the age of reason so this is traumatic for both of you, but you're over the worst already- id take him to the shops and get a new teddy for being so clever using the guards to help move away from old associations. His speech is the key here, you are doing this for his benefit!
Early waking will only be temporary- he will settle down- 2 weeks is all it took! It's just different for him and before long his words will come and it will be easier to soothe himself, don't doubt yourself- my husband wasnt as keen and I felt like the bad guy too but it was absolutely right!
Also I trimmed the plastic to make them more comfortable and they still worked. Good luck

GoldShip Wed 26-Sep-12 11:15:43

You're doing the right thing, it'll just take time.

bragmatic Wed 26-Sep-12 11:17:24

I'd stick with it. It'll only take a couple of weeks.

kissyfur Wed 26-Sep-12 11:20:48

I think you are doing the right thing too. My DD also thumb sucks although not as much as your DS by the sound of it. Her dentist has said its caused an overbite already sad I've already looked at the thumb guard website and will be getting one for her once she turns 3. I'd do it sooner but am expecting DC2 in 7 weeks and don't want her to associate not being able to suck her thumb with the baby arriving. Good luck with your DS, you're doing the best thing for him in the long run smile

Caerlaverock Wed 26-Sep-12 11:23:02

God they are expensive!

SoupDragon Wed 26-Sep-12 11:23:47

You are absolutely doing the right thing.

Stick with it. Don't give him a dummy - that won't help his teeth and jaws.

my dd sucked hers up to 9, last year the dentist recommended we wrapped surgical tape around her thumb attaching it to two of her fingers so she cant put it in - works a treat and she does stop at night now, they also suggested rolling a flannel tight legth ways and taping it to the crack of her elbow inside so she cant bend the hand up to her mouth bit like a splint.

SoupDragon Wed 26-Sep-12 11:26:25

DS1 sucked his thumb and caused a large open bite with his front teeth and pushed the lower jaw back.

£4k worth of private orthodontic treatment and 6 years later, aged 13, he has fabulous straight teeth and a wonderful strong profile. He will wear the brace at night until he stops growing.

DD (6.5) will start the same treatment when her top teeth fall out. She has the same problems as DS1, although slightly less pronounced.

SoupDragon Wed 26-Sep-12 11:27:43

A large pair of tights, worn like a shrug under their PJ top, will stop them sucking at night. DSs orthodontist recommended long sock on both arms but I feel the tights method will be harder to get off smile

I've always chewed my pinky fingers and they are a wreck now, cracked, callussed, they look arthritic and the bone is deformed. sad

Stick with it and try a nice new comfort blanket?

Pandemoniaa Wed 26-Sep-12 11:33:25

Try and stick with it. I had a friend whose teenage son still sucked his thumb. Apart from the tooth damage he got the pissed taken out of him terribly. Which set up something of a vicious circle because the unhappier he felt, the more he sucked his thumb for comfort. It all became a much greater problem that if he'd been gently dissuaded as a much younger child.

stoopstofolly Wed 26-Sep-12 12:06:43

Thanks you all so much! Feeling MUCH better, and will show DH this thread. Liked the idea of replacing it with something... he's got a stuffed toy he's very fond of- I'm giving it to him when he's grumpy and it does seem to make things a bit better better (until I'm posting in 4 years time about a 6 year old who won't be parted from a grotty stuffed animal!!) Going to grit my teeth and get on with it!

Pandemoniaa Wed 26-Sep-12 12:13:23

<thinks this may not be the best time to mention how much trouble I got in when I threw Rosie Rabbit away after ds2 left for university>

thegreylady Wed 26-Sep-12 12:20:34

My dgs is 3-he sucks his thumb far too much and also has a beloved stuffed toy which is essential at bedtime.So far the dentist doesnt seem too bothered and his speech is excellent.I hope it stops before he is 5 though or he will be teased at school.

MummyPig24 Wed 26-Sep-12 13:33:30

Well done, its so hard seeing them upset but it sounds like your ds was an extreme thumb sucking junkie! Dd was getting too fond of her dummy so the easter bunny took it and she was fine, she does chew a muzzy though which is just gross but as its not affecting her I let her do it.

sashh Wed 26-Sep-12 14:11:43

In magic shops you can get light up thumb tips, not sure if they would be too big for such a small one - but having magic light up thumbs might be fun.

I also think a dummy might be useful.

SoupDragon Wed 26-Sep-12 14:15:16

A dummy won't be useful as it perpetuates the problem and still causes damage. Basically, there is damage caused when the teeth are not kept together so that the jaws do not grow correctly. Anything that means the child's mouth is open and "slack jawed" can cause this damage.

ClippedPhoenix Wed 26-Sep-12 14:16:11

One thing I would advise is if you go down the stuffed toy route, make sure you have a few of them a replacement. In case of loss.

throwinshapes Wed 26-Sep-12 14:32:17

Also have a 5 yo thumb sucking dd.
Her jaw/ teeth are already affected (but not speech).
Can you get thumb guards on nhs and how do they work.
This thread has highlighted the urgency of getting her to quit.

SoupDragon Wed 26-Sep-12 14:38:27

throwinshapes try the large-tights/long socks technique. DSs orthodontist seemed confident that if you stop it at night, any other thumb sucking will tail off.

SoupDragon Wed 26-Sep-12 14:38:50

(I posted it earlier on !)

RobotLover68 Wed 26-Sep-12 14:46:17

I used a thumb guard on my then 6 year old - it took a few weeks but it was worth it

Happypiglet Wed 26-Sep-12 14:54:55

I have two very determined thumb suckers. My (just) 7 year old DS2 has decided to stop of his own accord after the dentist told him what I had been saying for ages that he was really damaging his adult teeth (only has four adult teeth so far). She did say if he stopped soon then the teeth could actually improve altho he will need braces. he has worked really had on it and to start with he used a bead bracelet to fiddle with as a replacement. Sometimes at night it goes in by accident but I do a 'thumb round' when go to bed and remove any I find in mouths!
My DD 4 is still sucking. She is a nightmare and actuall the amount of sucking she does has gone up. The dentist said if she stopped before her adult teeth came in it would really help. I have just ordered a thum guard. Everything else I have tried has failed and this thread has spurred me on.
My advice is to get them to kick the habit early. I wish I had. I think you are certainly doing the right thing.

throwinshapes Wed 26-Sep-12 15:05:46

Cheers Soup
Will try that.

kiwigirl42 Wed 26-Sep-12 15:41:32

do whatever you can to stop it. I still do at age 43. I've tried to stop but its just so comforting. DH just laughs but my teeth and jaw are damaged from it. Makes me angry that my mother and father couldn't be bothered to do anything about it when I was a child.
I gave DS a dummy (worked a treat for colic pains) and he stopped himself at about 3. He was never allowed to suck his thumb, ever. Whereas I have photos of myself sucking my thumbs AND TOES! (at the same time!) as a baby!

I need to try and stop again but 99% of me don't want to!

Kinora Wed 26-Sep-12 15:59:08

DD'S still sucks her thumb at 15. It drives us bloody crackers and we continually shout "thumb" everytime we see her sucking. We've tried allsorts but nothing does the trick.

She once stopped for a few months as we promised a special, and expensive treat for her. She got her treat and then started again angry.

Luckily she doesn't have a strong suck and she has lovely teeth.

We gave DD2 a dummy and was rid of it before her 3rd birthday.

I would try anything if I was in your position.

stoopstofolly Wed 26-Sep-12 20:16:01

Good call about the extra stuffed toy ClippedPhoenix. Just been on internet-Emergency stuffed rabbit on the way!

KnockedUpMell Wed 26-Sep-12 20:25:13

Don't feel bad about it- it's for his own good, and it will be easier to break the habit the younger he is. I don't think it's any different to other parents going cold turkey and taking a dummy away. You may have a grouchy son for a couple of weeks and his sleep may worsen temporarily, but he'll soon learn to soothe himself back to sleep in other ways.

Flobbadobs Wed 26-Sep-12 20:58:45

MIL still sucks her thumb. She's 66. Stick with it x

YellowKite Wed 26-Sep-12 22:32:16

I'd try anything. Ds is 4 and has only just stopped by using this but it's not suitable for younger children. Before that we tried plasters on the thumb, socks on hands, nothing worked. Even now he's quit for 6 weeks or so but still slips back if I don't apply the nail stuff. I would do whatever it takes to stop the habit.

YellowKite Wed 26-Sep-12 22:32:48

Oh and in our case a comfort blanket only made the problem worse, teddy and thumb go hand in hand, literally.

ThreeWheelsGood Wed 26-Sep-12 22:49:48

If it's any consolation, I'm 25, I've sucked my thumb all my life but never had any orthodontic problems. Never even had braces as a teenager. Depends how far you put it in I think, mine has never pulled on my teeth.

It is a bit embarrassing sometimes (I wonder what my partner really thinks) but I only do it in private. That said, I wish my parents had weened me off it at a young age I wouldn't remember!

I've just got one of these for DD (5), to help her stop sucking her thumb. She has some adult teeth coming through already, and the sucking is clearly causing them to move, so it's now or never really. Don't know how well it will work, it's not arrived yet! But keeping my fingers crossed.

RainbowSpiral Wed 26-Sep-12 23:36:17

My nine year old ds still sucks his thumb in bed or maybe when I am reading a story. The dentist has never noticed anything unusual and I've let him get on with it. However he's never sucked it all the time.

One concern is whether your ds would go back to sucking it when you take the guard off? Otherwise I don't think you are doing any lasting damage from the thumb guard. It's a bit like thinking my ds has had lasting damage from having a plaster on his leg and a wheel chair aged 4. In fact he can barely remember it, even though we all found it traumatic at the time.

dontquotem3 Wed 26-Sep-12 23:38:49

At the age of 32 and after two rounds of orthodontic treatment, I had to have double jaw surgery. Keep to your plan. Poor little mite. Good luck with it op!

If you did want to look at a dummy in the interim then I would recommend the Mam Perfect - it's designed to not affect teeth or jaw, has been rigourously tested by experts and is recommended by orthodontists.

Dummies have come a hell of a long way, and if you do your research and don't just buy any old dummy, they don't cause orthodontic issues.

The Mam Perfect has the usual Mam bobble - but it's attached to the knob with a very thin, flat piece of silicone which actually helps align the jaw and doesn't affect the teeth.

One costs twice as much as two "normal" dummies - but worth every penny. I switched DD over as soon as she got teeth.

CaliforniaLeaving Wed 26-Sep-12 23:56:30

I'm going to be doing the long sock up the arm thing at night with Dd she's 7, her teeth are going wonky on the bottom and it's affecting her jaw now, the sooner we stop her the better. She's trying to stop but it's hard for them they do it without knowing, especially at night. Once the weather cools off we can do it. It's still 35 in the day and I cool the house to about 26/27 at night if I put a sock and long jammies on she'll roast to death right now. SO once it cools I'm all business.
Don't give up OP it'll take a while. I know Ds 2 had a Dummy and at two we weaned him off it in the day, then 6 months later took it at night too. His teeth are fine. I wish Dd had taken a dummy.

SomeoneThatYouUsedToKnow Thu 27-Sep-12 00:16:01

If you feel yourself waivering just look up some orthodontic costs. My DD had her front two teeth knocked out when she was very little so her grown up teeth grew in with a big overbite, the dentist said it was the same as a thumb suckers teeth. It cost us loads and load of cash to correct her teeth to say nothing of the pain it caused her.
My DS sucked his thumb but our dentist gave him a magic ring when he was about 3 1/2. He popped it on his thumb and that was that! I was stunned that it worked as DS sucked his thumbs a lot. He didn't need any braces.

SoupDragon Thu 27-Sep-12 07:15:16

You need two socks, California - one for both arms. Otherwise it's too easy to pull off apparently.

Why replace a thumb with a dummy? It's just another problem to sort out. Anything that means a child's mouth is mouth kept closed with the tongue in the right position will cause problems for teeth and jaws. DSs orthodontist says the tongue should be resting with the tip in the N position (say Nnnn - that's the spot) and be completely contained within the teeth - this helps keep the teeth in the right place. If you have anything in your mouth, this won't happen.

I trust DSs orthodontist because they seem keen to prevent problems - they keep giving me advice how to get DD into good habits - advice which, if followed successfully, would lose them £5k of business (it's gone up since DS1 [sigh]). It's not just a money making machine. I'm very tempted to buy one of those "perfect" dummies to see what they make of it.

At the end of the day, there are many factors affecting teeth - just sitting slack jawed in front of the TV, the softer nature of food we eat now etc etc. However, I was a thumbsucker. Never had braces or jaw problems, teeth all fine and dandy until my wisdom teeth came through. When I first visited DSs orthodontist he could tell I had been a thumbsucker from the shape of my face and profile. Never looked in my mouth.

jalopy Thu 27-Sep-12 07:39:24

My daughter used to suck her thumb and she had a massive gap in her bite which the dentist was worried about re: adult teeth.

When she was about 4 we used a woollen glove on her hand at night. It took a while but worked. I think this was because she was at an age that she could understand and was more compliant.

loopyluna Thu 27-Sep-12 07:56:55

The long sock method is better as if it is just the skin that's covered, the child can smell their skin and this triggers the thumb sucking instinct.

HOWEVER(!) even stopping the thumb isn't foolproof! My DD stopped thumb sucking with this (sock) method when she was 6. A year later the orthodontist informed is that she was still sucking on her tongue and still pushing her teeth forward so we had to fork out for a sort of retainer that they wear at night to position the tongue correctly! This was actually amazing and within one month of using it, DD was being complimented on her teeth. The difference was amazing. She had it for a year and now her teeth are fab and she doesn't need a brace at all smile

CaliforniaLeaving Thu 27-Sep-12 16:23:01

Thanks soupdragon I'll use two socks, I have long ugly white ones of Dh's LOL
loopyluna our Dentisnt mentioned some sort of mouth guard the other day. It's good to know that they do work, but in the next breath he mentioned braces to expand the bottom jaw shock

CaliforniaLeaving Thu 27-Sep-12 16:23:15

*Dentist

rogersmellyonthetelly Thu 27-Sep-12 16:34:24

I wish they did ones to fit fingers! Dd is still sucking hers at 6 and her front teeth are missing at the moment and I want to stop her before they arrive.ive tried bribery, reminders, showing her photos of terrible wonky teeth, she isn't interested in stopping, and she is so so stubborn I think nothing with budge her.

CaliforniaLeaving Thu 27-Sep-12 18:23:53

rogersmellyonthetelly the link to the plastic guards on the other page had finger guards too in the picture below the thumb guard.
Finger guard

digerd Thu 27-Sep-12 18:32:57

I did suck my thumb, but only at night to get to sleep, until I was 12, when "sleep overs" loomed, so one night I did not suck it and I took a while to fall asleep, but did and never did it again. However, I took to the sucking motion of smoking at 15 during the day and decades later cannot give it up.

foreverondiet Thu 27-Sep-12 18:38:14

I fitted thumb guards to my DD when she was 3. And guess what happened? She started sucking her index finger instead. I contacted the thumbguard people and they said she must have psycological problems as they never heard of that happening before (really!) - I tried to sell the thumb guard on ebay and then give it away on facebook, eventually I binned it. She only sucked at night time though and it didn't affect her speech.

The dentist told her to told when her top teeth became wobbly and that exactly what she did aged 6 on her own - even though it was the week DS2 was born!

FWIW, my DN stopped sucking at about a year as both his thumbs were so red and sore sucking was just too painful for him.

foreverondiet Thu 27-Sep-12 18:39:25

And california - DD said if I bought the finger guard (which only goes over 2 fingers) - and not designed for index finger she'd go back to her thumb!

madhairday Thu 27-Sep-12 18:44:20

YANBU. DD is 12 and we've not managed to break the habit. She has a 1cm overbite and teeth all over the place, she'll be having a brace fitted soon and 'years of orthodontics' according to the dentist. She hates her teeth and feels so self conscious yet can't break it (she's dyspraxic so has a sucking need too, we have tried all sorts) - We tried the thumb guard but she chewed it to bits, another problem with the dyspraxia, so it was a waste of money, but I hear it works well for a lot of dc. Go for it and don't feel bad at all, I wish we had started more extreme measures when dd was a baby, but everyone said 'Oh don't stop her, it's only a bit of comfort.' hmm

dalek Thu 27-Sep-12 18:50:25

Another one to say please persevere. DD sucked her thumb until she was about 7. I wanted to do something about it when she was 4 but DH said his sister sucked her thumb until she was about 10 and she doesn't have any problems. I managed to get her to stop sucking her thumb during the day but she used to suck her thumb very hard in her sleep.

I only needed to use the thumbguard for night time and felt like the world's worst mother as DD used to cry as she couldn't comfort herself. It DID work though and only took about 10 days.

I should have gone with my instincts. At 12 DD's jaw is misshapen and her front teeth are VERY crooked. At the moment she has twin blocks which she hates and which cause endless arguments. She will also need fixed braces. If i could turn the clock back I would have bought the thumbguard when DD was 3!

Good luck. You are doing the right thing. Whenever I have to do something that DD doesn't like that I know is the right thing I repeat my mother's mantra to myself "Parenting is not a popularity contest"

Idocrazythings Thu 27-Sep-12 19:09:55

Agree as well, persevere. And I really think a dummy is not a good idea. I had to wean my daughter off a dummy at just over three for much the same reasons and it was NOT pretty. She is quite highly strung and at that point her dummy was the only thing to calm her down. She would not accept any substitutes we just had to get over it cold turkey. I truly sympathise it is very difficult, but if its already affecting his palate at 2 then it just has to be done. Keep at it wine helps!!!

cece Thu 27-Sep-12 19:18:10

My DS1 sucked his thumb till very recently. He was about 8 and half when he finally stopped. We tried allsorts but his dentist told him to stop or he would have permanent disfigurement at the beginning of 2012.

Nothing seemed to work with him so in the end (bearing in mind his age) I googled deformed mouths due to thumbsicking and showed him all the images. He cried. However he hasn't sucked his thumb since.

So yes persevere with the thumb guard.

picturesinthefirelight Thu 27-Sep-12 19:22:03

Do it. I waited until dd was 8. She wore it for two weeks including at school and it cured her. Unfortunately by then her 2nd set if teeth had already started to cone through wonky

I so wish I'd used one when she was younger.

SarryB Thu 27-Sep-12 19:22:51

Exactly why I have given LO a dummy. It can be taken away when he's older.

I sucked my thumb until I was 18, when I had braces put in to correct my teeth and the roof of my mouth will be forever shaped exactly like a mould of my thumb. It's even affected my nasal passages, making them smaller and so it's harder for me to breath through my mouth.

It took 4 teeth being removed, and 4 years of permanent braces, then another 2 years of removable retainers before everything was straightened out. And scars on my thumb from my teeth. Not to mention the psychical pain I would have to go through every 8 weeks when the braces were tightened.

foreverondiet Thu 27-Sep-12 20:00:03

"Exactly why I have given LO a dummy."

How smug are you!

I of course tried to give my DD a dummy but she rejected it and insisted on sucking her thumb (from 10 weeks!) - I have both DS1 and DS2 comforters (DS2 has a cuski) - he is 2.5 and sucks it at night but dentist says not as bad as thumb sucking, and yes he rejected dummy too DS1 (6) occasionally sucks his but he still has his baby teeth, according to dentist no damage done and he has agreed to stop sucking when teeth get wobbly.

SarryB Thu 27-Sep-12 20:09:02

Sorry for being smug! Not what I meant at all!!

I just know how bloody painful it was for me, and there is no way I would let a child of mine suck their thumb/finger. If they did refuse a dummy, and insisted on sucking their thumb I would make sure it was stopped before the age of about 2.

SarryB Thu 27-Sep-12 20:09:41

Also, there is nothing smug about getting up 3/4 times in the night, just to replace his dummy. Can't wait till the day he can find it himself!

SoupDragon Thu 27-Sep-12 20:56:43

Dummies damage teeth and jaws too.

nametakenagain Thu 27-Sep-12 22:00:16

My boy sucked his thumb til 14. He had longer and more painful ortho treatment as a result. I tried very hard to discourage my daughter. At 3.5 she does not suck her thumb but to what extent my efforts made a difference, i cant say of course.

SarryB Thu 27-Sep-12 22:25:16

Yeah, they can cause damage too, but I still think dummies are a better option. They can be taken away, where as you're kind of stuck with your thumbs!

I know that it's just my personal opinion based on my own awful painful experience with the whole braces/sucking thumb thing, but I am still kind of annoyed at my mum for not stopping me from doing it earlier. But to be fair, she did say I was actually born sucking my thumb, so it was always going to be hard to stop me!!

stoopstofolly Fri 28-Sep-12 14:47:17

Thanks everyone. Day 4 of the thumb guard, and I have to say I'm feeling better about it. I know I'm doing the right thing (thanks to the unanimous mumsnet comments!), and DS doesn't seem bothered by them at all. No thumb sucking- and he's not even trying now! He was grumpy and woke early for the first few days, unable to settle himself back down, but that's improving. It's a horrid process- washing them, putting them on every day, messing around with straps- I just hope it all pays off.

SoupDragon Fri 28-Sep-12 16:49:16

That's a pretty good result so far smile

Nymia Fri 28-Sep-12 17:26:18

It's for the best!

Another adult thumbsucker here. I was the oldest of three by the age of three, so my parents didn't really have time to sort it out for me at a young age and my dad has an objection to dummies on principle - he thinks they're repulsive - but by the time anyone thought to get me to stop I was too old and couldn't manage without it. I have a flat thumb with a big callous on the back from my lower teeth. My front teeth are straight, but the lower ones are pushed in and crooked. Luckily they don't show up when I smile...

My husband managed to stop at the age of 14, but only after breaking his thumb in a sports accident. We're both in agreement that we will do whatever it takes to stop DS thumb sucking.

uberalice Mon 22-Oct-12 21:04:26

How did it go with your DS stoopstofolly? I'm interested as I'm in a similar predicament.

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