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Everything in her mouth

My 4yr old SD has been putting EVERYTHING in her mouth. Not only her thumb but her toys her hair anything. She stopped the normal thumb sucking about a year ago but has relapsed since her mom had another baby. We are trying to break her of it again, but we are almost at our wits end. I worry that she is going to pick up lord knows what germs or pass them on. Not to mention damaging her teeth with her thumb. Any advice would be helpful

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Asked by chrissifaye at 3:38 PM on Jan. 2, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • thumb isn't the end of the world, and will cause far less damage than a binky. as long as she is not sucking when permanent teeth emerge she is fine.

    also.... her putting things in her mouth may not be related to new baby- some children do not explore (or are not permitted to) with their mouths as infants, and in turn do as as older children- it is a necessary developmental milestone that should not be discouraged- like crawling. better she do it now, than when she is old enough to be ridiculed by older children. if you could watch the firing synapses when she explores a new texture or taste, even if it is an undesirable object, you would not be as quick to discourage it.
    if it is that big a problem, gently remind her that it is something we do at home (where you have more control over the environment).

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 3:44 PM on Jan. 2, 2010

  • I agree with the previous poster, and to add onto that, it could also be something that she does when she's nervous. The only way to tell if it is a nervous thing or a milestone, is to pay attention to her surroundings when she's putting things in her mouth. She could also be doing it for attention. If she gets a reaction every time she does it, then that could be another reason. On the positive side, the more germs she has introduced to her body, the stronger her immune system will be. :-) It could be several things, just use your best judgement and until she stops, sanitize, sanitize, sanitize! Good luck!

    Answer by nicolemstacy at 4:22 PM on Jan. 2, 2010

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