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My kid is going to be 2 next month, and he's just become addicted to thumb-sucking! To preface, I'll say that my sister sucked her thumb for years and had to have dental work to fix the damage to her teeth. So that's why I'm worried about this.<br><br>
We had troubles with nursing, and ds was mostly bottle-fed through his first year. I tried soothers when he was a few months old but he wasn't satisfied with them, so I stopped. Then he saw that other kids had them as he got older, and wanted one. On a plane trip, out of desparation, I gave him one and it occupied him the whole flight. When we got home I told him that soothers were only for planes, and I took it away. So then a few days ago, my sister made a joke about him sucking his thumb like a baby. He tried it, and LOVED it! Since then it's been hard to get him to stop. He's doing it nearly 24/7.<br><br>
So now I don't know what to do. Do I nip it in the bud somehow? Force him to stop? Or wait it out to see if he gets bored with it? I should also mention that he has this habit known around here as "mama's belly", where he reaches up my shirt to touch my stomach. He does it for comfort. Now he's discovered that laying on me, rubbing my belly and sucking his thumb is the ultimate bliss. He's doing it right now, and I feel like THIS is the experience you all have NAK with a 2-year old! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> We stopped comfort nursing around 15 months.<br><br>
So, anyways, opinions? Experiences? Should I be worried about thumb sucking, or do y'all think I should just let it be??
 

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I had a similar experience with a binky. My daughter who never used a binky found one and sucked on it for a couple months and then lost interest. I would just let it lie and see what happens, he won't do permenant tooth damage in a few months time and this is totally developmentally appropriate. Also, wondering if he may be getting two year molars heightening his need to teeth/suck?
 

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Rachel used to suck some of her fingers when she was very small, then gave that up on her own. After I weaned her<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">, she has a new found interest in her thumb again! sigh .....<br><br>
I'll worry about it later ....
 

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Hmm..2 year molars, that might have something to do with it.<br><br>
New issue though: he's breaking through the skin on his thumbs with his teeth. On one hand, the broken skin is on the underside of the thumb, and on the other hand the broken skin is on the top side. Neither of them are bleeding, but they don't look good. I put a bandiad on the most-used thumb for now, and ds told me "I don't like my bandaid." He wanted me to take it off, but I haven't yet.<br><br>
*sigh* I don't know what to do. I don't want him to keep hurting his thumbs and possibly getting them infected. But I don't think he'll stop unless I bandaid BOTH of them, which might make for a REALLY upset little boy.
 

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My completely bf baby started thumbsucking about a 4 months after she turned two.<br><br>
I'd just leave it if I were you. I sucked mine until I was 14 years old, and I still tried to get her to stop. No such luck. She got worse when I tried to intervene. So I leave it.
 
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