My almost three year old sucks her thumb. I have always been glad she's a thumb sucker, as I know when she is tired and her thumb soothes her from crying often. She doesn't have a blanket like her brother, who has had problems sleeping if he doesn't have it with him. Luckily, she always has her thumb.
Yesterday we went to the dentist and my kids were jumping up and down in excitement. Is it the prize from the toy chest, the stickers or the neon flossers? I dread the dentist chair like a plague and I'm thrilled my fear hasn't rubbed off on them.
Despite the occasional candy and lackluster brushing jobs, no cavities were found. I was unfortunately informed my daughter has an overbite and therefore needs to cease sucking her thumb.
First of all, my teeth were terrible as a middle school student and I am quite confident, thumb sucking or not, she will need to endure years of braces.
Second of all, potty training is a hard enough task for the summer. Couple it with no thumb sucking, and my summer outlook is bleak.
Third of all, it is a challenge getting this child to sleep. Eliminating the thumb, sounds down right miserable for everyone involved.
Is Dr. Bob right? Should we begin to use thumb guards? Adults don't suck their thumbs; I think she will stop when the time is right.
Have you undergone this challenge? How old was your child? How did you eliminate thumb sucking?