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How to discourage DS (12 mo) from sucking thumb as it's sore and infected

(9 Posts)
mummytosteven Mon 04-Apr-05 09:04:00

Any inspirations?

I've tried introducing a dummy, but he's not massively interested.


Nemo1977 Mon 04-Apr-05 09:09:32

oo dear poor S
Ermm does he have any other comforters..sometimes adam likes to suck the material tags on toys. Or i suppose putting a mitten on it or something??????????

mummytosteven Mon 04-Apr-05 09:21:07

tried the mitten - he wasn't having any of that!!!!!

just he seems a bit young to be painting stuff on it to discourage him. i don't mind him sucking any other of his fingers, just not the sore one!

Nemo1977 Mon 04-Apr-05 09:26:40

no i wouldnt pain anything on it
is it possible to get something natural to repel him? Or a plaster as he might get put off by the texture?????/
Not really got a clue tbh..can u

mummytosteven Mon 04-Apr-05 09:32:19

think will have to try the plaster
just been nervous in case he sucks it off and swallows it(!)

daft I know..

LIZS Mon 04-Apr-05 09:33:45

We had this with dd and nothing stopped her . We had to tape it up really securely - crossing under the joint and around her hand - as she'd gnawed away at her thumb and got it infected. Apparently when it starts to get sore their instinct is to gnaw it more . I was paranoid about her sucking it off and when it did come off (on her 1st birthday) I spent a hour or so concerned she'd swallowed it until it turned up in her car seat !! If you do manage to tape it then he'll probably just suck the other one for a while. dd's did heal after a few days enough that we could take the bandage off and the scar is barely noticeable.

Now at 3 1/2 she still sucks it - aargh ! - trying to get her to stop in the daytime atm.

Prufrock Mon 04-Apr-05 15:18:43

My dd sucked her 3rd and 4th fingers so much that she had a huge abcess come up on one - we used lots of micropore tape to wrap it up to stop her sucking, and substituted a dummy at night time. We did have to retape regularly though

mummytosteven Mon 04-Apr-05 15:22:43

right, will go to boots tomorrow to try and get hold of some tape then! daft question, but would it be with the kids medicine stuff or with the ordinary plasters???

Nemo1977 Mon 04-Apr-05 15:33:51

It will be with ordinary stuf flike bandages etc,

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