Posted by Elizabeth on June 15, 2003 at 02:37:49:
In Reply to: Thumb Sucking posted by Jamie H on June 14, 2003 at 19:10:53:
: My 3 month old has taken to sucking her thumb. While it is really quite cute to watch her fall asleep in the bouncy seat or activity gym with her thumb in her mouth, I have mixed feelings about it. I am worried about the long term effects it could have on her teeth should she continue to do this, my husband has scars on his hand from his teeth when he sucked his thumb, plus how will we break her of it? We can't chop her thumbs off and take them away! But, she calms herself down really well with it, and puts herself back to sleep at night by sucking her thumb, if she wakes up. She sleeps through the night, usually for about 11-12 hours at night. What do you'll think????????????
You know something, both of my girls have been sucking their thumb since they were in the womb seen on ultrasound. They are now 1-1/2 and 3 and still suck their thumb. I was concerned like you about their teeth, but I have heard many mixed opinions. Some people say that they have had kids that sucked their thumb and haved messed up teeth and others say their kids suck their thumbs for many years and have perfect teeth.
At the time I was worried about this, I did try to stop the habit, but finally decided it was okay and will just let it pass on its own. I am sure they won't be doing this in high school.