Re: November Infants and Toddlers
posted at 11/30/2012 11:45 PM EST
In response to framerican51008's comment:
" my poor DD's thumb looks terrible!! It looks like she got a sunburn only on her left thumb, and I'm sure it's going to get much worse this winter. Anything at all we can do to help?"
a few things:
1. completely dry it off after handwashing.
2. she's about 2 yrs old, right? So when she's involved in other things but isn't upset simply take it out of her mouth and dry it off when she has it in her mouth. try to not put too much attention to it so it doesn't get to be a battle of wills. and don't shame her or yell that "big girls don't suck their thumbs" the more nervous she is, the more she needs to suck her thumb.
3. hold that hand when you walk somewhere so she can't suck it while she walks
4. see if you can keep lotion on it constantly - can you make a game of putting 'soothing lotion' on her hands and on Mommy's hands?
5. keep a strict eye on it so it doesn't get infected, and if it seems swollen or shiny go to the pediatrician to make sure she doesn't have an infection
6. wear mittens outside (she's gonna love that one, lol)
7. hope she grows out of sucking her thumb!
we have a 23 month old who sucks both of her thumbs, so if the teachers hold one hand for a walk, she simply shifts to the other hand! The good new: she maybe won't get one so chapped, raw or infected. But it also means she always, and I mean always, has her thumb in her mouth because she's an ambidextrous thumber! I'm not sure it's the end of the world, except now that she's older it's unclean because she touches so many things in the world and then pops that thumb in.... when it's an 8 month old baby they aren't usually crawling around on the metro, touching the chairs, bars, windows... but you can't say that about a 2 yr old!
and I honestly wonder if we could get her to minimize it, she might be able to keep giving it up more. but on the other hand, she's young, so if we just ignore it, will it stop spontaneously at 3 yrs old? or 4 yrs old or 5 yrs old? and then I think of all my friends who were still sucking their thumbs in bed at 13 yrs old, even if they were trying to stop it. and I look at my nails that are bitten down to the quick and I realize how strong a habit it and how hard to break it is....
so I'm back to wondering if we should try to break it now (with her parents' permission only!) who's the pediatrician, luckinlife, right? WHAT do you say about a thumb sucking?