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Babies Encyclopedia: How do you stop a baby from sucking his/her thumb?

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Asked by CafeMom Team at 10:23 AM on Sep. 10, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • With other children in my care I pull their thumb out of their mouth every time I see it in there. I have also painted that bad tasting liquid on the thumb(s). I despise thumb sucking at any age.


    Answer by RentaMom at 10:35 AM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • use a paci

    Answer by JaydnsMom22 at 10:40 AM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Take it out of there mouth when you see it in the mouth during the day. Since no one is going to stand on thumb sucking duty all night and I personally do not like using the nasty tasting thumb paint no matter how safe it claims to be. At night I always but a sock over the hand, if it comes off at least you tried, but usally it stays on.

    Answer by blue_glass_mama at 10:49 AM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Nurse them for Non-nutritive sucking or is you bottle feed, give them a pacifier.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 10:50 AM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • You don't

    Answer by Candi1024 at 11:03 AM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • There isn't a lot you can do to discourage it. You can use a pacifier to replace the thumb, but that can end up being just another habit and still isn't great for them. You could try a little vinegar on their thumb, but once the taste is gone they will most likely go right back to it.

    The only other suggestion I could give would be to try to remove the thumb when you see it and try to keep them distracted with other toys so they don't think about it.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 1:30 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

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