19yr old 1st time mummy to ava born jan 7th 2004
even now they surprise him sometimes!...smile
Ava is such a beautiful name, really lovely,
Liam Evan, 2
jen, mum to sahra born 28.6.04
my 5 1/2 yr old nephew has sucked his thumb so bad he has caused permanent damage to his teeth and jaw line
i can't help but worry about my girls
does anyone have advice with this??
QLD, 2 Sets of Twins
Have you tried painting that stuff on thier thumb that stops people biting their finger nails? I can't remember what it is called but it has a bitter taste. Might be a bit of a pain to keep applying though.
Thumb sucking can cause a lot of damage to their teeth (will cause them to stick out ) and upper palate. If it does persist once thier permanent teeth are through, there is an appliance an orthodontist (the ones that do braces) can make. They wear it for a short amount of time and I have seen many kids stop once they have had this. I would advise you try to do all you can to stop it before then though (if only to save you the cost involved!).
My babies are all grown up sad
My 18mth old has a dummy for bed time but only uses it when upset, while my 3mth old also has a dummy when upset or suffering form tummy pains. As for the thumb sucking, I was one, until a VERY late age. It can cause damage to front teeth but that all depends on how hard the sucking is. I used to basically just have it in my mouth but never sucked hard so my teeth are fine. Others have also found that it can deform the thumb or finger sucked, and cause calluses on the thumb. The main thing I see, as a teacher, is kids who suck their thumb all day long, not just when tired or upset. It's amazing how many there are. They can be the brunt of many jokes when school starts.
Dette, DS 06.03, DS 10.04, DD 03.06 & Due Sept 07!
I also ahve a thumb sucker. My little girl started sucking her thumb at 3 months. I tried to stop it as my sister was a thumb sucker, not sure if she still is, and my partners sister also, she had surgery this year to align her jaw.
I tried giving her a dummy which she continued to spit out and also tried puttinga sock on her hand. I gave up cos i thought it cruel to cover her hand and she only does it when she is tired and to put herself to sleep. If it causes damage to her teeth then i guess i'll just deal with it when the time comes because i can't see her giving it up atm. Also with the nail stuff that tastes gross. My mum tried that with my sister and at first she didn't like it, but then she got used to the taste and continued sucking.
On the bright side i met a woman one day that told me her son was also a thumb sucker but he gave it up when he turned 2. Also i think it looks cute.
Cassie,NSW, Blair 27/9/01, Mackenzie 19/5/04