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Skin on thumb from sucking.

(13 Posts)
captaincake Fri 04-Sep-15 18:36:07

I'm a little concerned about the skin on DS's thumb. He is very attached to sucking it but the skin now seems to be suffering. Is there anything I can do? Any tips on stopping a thumb sucker or keeping the skin in good condition? I tried to get a picture - it doesn't show it very well but it gives an idea. The bottom crease looks to be close to breaking sad

SpottyTeacakes Fri 04-Sep-15 18:39:15

How old is he? Dd used to suffer terribly. Vaseline was great but she was able to not suck her thumb when I first put it on. She's just stopped of her own accord aged five. Ds is also a thumb sucker confused

catzpyjamas Fri 04-Sep-15 18:40:48

You could try painting on something that tastes horrible like Mavala
I am ordering some for DD!

HarlettOScara Fri 04-Sep-15 18:41:14

Lansinoh is great for chapped thumbs and is obviously non toxic should they continue to suck.

SpottyTeacakes Fri 04-Sep-15 19:18:15

Good idea Harlett

TheEagle Fri 04-Sep-15 19:19:57

Thank you for that tip harlett

My 23mo's thumb is getting very dry and sore looking and didn't know how to help. Lansinoh to the rescue smile

captaincake Fri 04-Sep-15 19:24:23

Thanks for the replies. He is 15m. I think I still have some lansinoh left over from breastfeeding - will give that a go. I was going get a dr thumb when he's old enough for sticker charts/rewards but he's just so highly attached to his thumb for comfort I can't see it stopping soon. Maybe I could try it sooner, or maybe the mavala first. DH suggested trying a dummy but I can't see that working now that he knows about his thumb.

MissesandMuddles Fri 04-Sep-15 19:26:17

I bought this, reviews sounded quite positive but it didn't work for us:

He actually sat and sucked his thumb whilst I read it to him!

Now trying this, ordered today:

SpottyTeacakes Fri 04-Sep-15 19:27:56

I thought dd would never stop but she did! I definitely think he's too young to understand. Ds used to pull his hair out when he sucked his thumb and dd used to scratch her face she had a scab continuously for over a year! You could also try putting the cream on once he's asleep and his thumb is out of his mouth

captaincake Fri 04-Sep-15 19:48:08

Very good idea Spotty I will sneak in and put cream on in a minute. Only have sudocrem at the moment will give it a try. Or I have his doublebase for his mild eczema might that be a better choice? I am going to order a dr thumb and give it a go, we can always try again if no luck.

captaincake Sun 06-Sep-15 17:54:54

It's worse now and we asked a pharmacist today. He says that it is ok but can't get any worse and he MUST stop sucking it. I ordered a dr thumb on friday but don't know how long that will take to arrive - it hasn't been dispatched yet. The pharmacist sent us away with a bandage and tape and instructions to keep it slathered in sudocrem and covered to prevent sucking. The bandage and tape lasted a couple of hours. DS is very angry sad any tips on keeping a 15mo distracted from thumb sucking for several days till the dr thumb arrives? He's currently sat on DH's lap watching a dvd with DH stopping him sucking and getting himself shouted at. We've bought a dummy but DS seems to be under the impression that it is for us to suck and keeps shoving it in our mouths hmm

Also, how much wine will I be needing to get through this week? grin

Kidsrulethishouse Mon 26-Oct-15 21:26:07

Just wondering how you are getting on? My 3yo is a thumb sucker and we have been trying unsuccessfully to get her to stop for over a year.

captaincake Fri 30-Oct-15 23:20:22

Not good I'm afraid. The Dr thumb was a waste of money we adjusted it as much as we could following the instructions and he could still remove it with relative ease. The bandage and tape fared even worse.

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