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How do you stop thumb sucking when it just began?

My friends son is 6 months old and he just started sucking his thumb. She doesn't want him to. and Doesn't know what to do to stop it now.

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Asked by cowgirlmama at 2:38 PM on Jun. 18, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • My son started sucking his thumb and it only lasted 2 days! Don't make a big deal out of it. He is trying to self-soothe. When he does suck his thumb, distract him. Give him a toy, or blanket, or something else that can keep his attention. This worked with my son. He is the type that the more we say "no" to something, the more he wants to do it, so just casually distract him. If that doesn't work, you can always ask your ped.

    Answer by HuskerMommy08 at 10:42 PM on Jul. 1, 2009

  • TAPE YOUR CHILD? Ooooh kaaayy... we did the mittens, all they did was get super soggy and cause a rash.. You cannot really control the thumb suck. Our little one started when she was three months. She sucked her thumb so bad I wanted to scream... Now she sucks it when she is super hungry, tired or uncomfortable. They use it as a comfort mechanism..

    Answer by ZoeKatsMom at 12:05 PM on Oct. 28, 2008

  • DH used something called thumbz...for his stepson...dont know if they still make it..but it worked!!

    Answer by MiraclesDHappen at 2:38 AM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • I agree with the above replier. Have her offer him a paci. It is much better for baby as it has give that does not hurt their teeth nearly as bad and when he gets around 1 or so and she decides to break him she can just throw the pacifiers out where as his thumb is attached :)

    Answer by Jessicaandelzie at 4:23 PM on Jun. 18, 2008

  • well i've heard that the pacifier is better than thumb sucking! maybe you can try that!

    Answer by Jalisasmommy at 3:51 PM on Jun. 18, 2008

  • there is this stuff that you aply just like nail polish and it tastes nasty and the kid cant get it off

    Answer by vakatia at 3:11 PM on Jun. 18, 2008

  • Put a sock on his hand, or a glove and if it doesn't stay, tape it there.

    Answer by Isabelles_mommy at 2:50 PM on Jun. 18, 2008

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