Q:

my baby is 4 months old. she has developed this habit of thumb sucking, i myself being a dentist knows about the consequences of this habit. but honestly, since she has started thumbsucking my life has become so easy. she soothes herself to sleep, her crying spells has reduced drastically. she cries like hell if you take thumb out of her mouth. now i m really confused, what should i do?



Priya Sood

Hi Shruti. Its a way of giving herself comfort. I know your apprehension. You being a dentist know. But this is a phase and she will grow out. You can also try to find substitute like a teether. any inputs Neha Goyal, Neeta Nihale, Anuradha Sharma tagfwd

Sonia Gupta

suckling is a milestone which happens at this stage as she is exploring her figures and hands..but you can use teethers rattles or other silicon toys to deviate her☺

Nazeema Shaheen

yeah Shruti ,many babies develop this habit to soothe them selves but later if it becomes a habit it will be very difficult to stop .try giving teether instead as Priya Sood suggested.being from the same field as urs I  feel u might be aware that thumb sucking will cause his teeth to grow outwards.

Shruti Rawat

exactly Nazeema Shaheen, being a dentist i keep a check on her oral habits. but she becomes very cranky if you remove her hands and also she asks for teethers which she could take in her mouth as a whole. she s a crying baby just like her dad. jokes apart i guess she will take some time to get rid of this habit.

Nazeema Shaheen

haha, Shruti it definitely needs patience ..hang in there and enjoy this phase too . keep a teether handy always n divert her mind instead forcing her

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