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Sucking on fingers

What age should this be stopped by?

What are some tips to break the child from it?

 
JAJA_Steele

Asked by JAJA_Steele at 1:58 AM on Feb. 17, 2011 in General Parenting

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  • Our pediatric dentist said by the time they reach 3 they should start easing up on the finger sucking. If they don't do it on their own, you could consult the pediatrician or the dentist. Right now, being young, its not such a big deal, but once they are 3, they can have a better understanding and able to communicate things so you could be easier at stopping the finger sucking. My baby's 22 months and sucks on two fingers for comfort. Other than the skin issues it's causing, it's no real concern, either they'll stop on their own or you just keep removing their hands, keep their hands busy as a distraction or resort to odd ball tactics like my dad's idea for Tabasco sauce laced fingers....backfired, now my tot likes Tabasco sauce lol. G'luck to you.
    Imortlmommy

    Answer by Imortlmommy at 2:21 AM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • I would dsay early my mother let my sister suck her fingers until she was 12 her teeth are beyond messed up and now she is paying for braces
    ExtremlyUnique

    Answer by ExtremlyUnique at 2:01 AM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • Ok, my son is actually 15 months old but the size of a 10 month old ( born micro preemie 15 weeks early) should I start breaking the finger sucking now? How do I do that? My other 2 kids were not finger suckers.
    JAJA_Steele

    Comment by JAJA_Steele (original poster) at 2:04 AM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • They are pretty young so you might be able to hold off but I wouldnt encourage it just take his fingers out his mouth when you see him doing it
    ExtremlyUnique

    Answer by ExtremlyUnique at 2:07 AM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • Gotcha Thanks =)
    JAJA_Steele

    Comment by JAJA_Steele (original poster) at 2:08 AM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • LOL thank you very much!
    JAJA_Steele

    Comment by JAJA_Steele (original poster) at 2:30 AM on Feb. 17, 2011

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