My princess Autumn is a chronic thumb sucker, an act she has become quite addicted to. I’m the mother who had the idea in my head that I would use little to no sleeping aids when I had kids. I didn’t want to use a dummy, blankie, mobiles, bottles or anything else that could be forgotten when heading out of the house and the baby needed it to sleep.
Well, let me tell you…… there were times when Autumn was a baby that I tried desperately to put a dummy in, she hated it. Times when I really needed a few hours off, she refused the bottle. She somehow became very attached to a ‘fluffy’ and at 3 ½ months decided that she would suck her thumb.
The intentions were there but ultimately she made the decision for me, that’s Autumn!
Sucking her thumb has now become a bit of a problem. Although I only allow her to do it at bed time the habit slowly crept in and has now become fairly constant. She unconsciously creeps that little hand towards her mouth when she is tired, upset, going to sleep and now all through the night when she is sleeping.
What this means for me is that I am continually asking her to take it out of her mouth and this alone is taking it’s tole on our relationship. For Autumn, her face has stated to change. She has a very large overbite and her bottom teeth are starting to push back. Once they hit 4yrs old it becomes a habit that can be very hard to break.
If you have a child that sucks their thumb please don’t panic! Most thumb suckers grow out of the habit and for a baby it’s a very natural thing to do, I have seen photo’s of baby’s sucking their thumb whilst in utero. It’s the minority that develop the addictive behaviour and can even take it into their adult life
I can hear a lot of mums out there saying that I’m being too harsh or superficial worrying about what her face will look like after years of continual sucking but I think the alternative is far nastier. In extreme cases kids can’t even close their front teeth and if they are still in the habit when their new teeth grow through a plate has to be inserted into the roof of the mouth to make the teeth grow down straight.
This is why I have chosen to give the Thumbguard a go. Once I got it on she was shitty at me for about an hour, then all of a sudden she was absolutely fine and has barely mentioned it since. I think is some ways she is even quite proud of herself.
Before I finish this post I do have to mention that she has started sucking her other thumb…….EEEKK!! I will let you know how we go.
Do any of you have kids who are seriously addicted to sucking their thumbs?