Murphy S Law Thumb Sucker

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Kara H. - January 26

I don't think that I have ever discussed this, but I am absolutely disgusted by thumb sucking. It makes me literally makes me gag to see a kid sucking their thumb. So because of they thumbsucking phobia, we started Max with a pacifier from day one. Max is six months old now and has always loved his paci. Well twice yesterday I had witnessed him plucking his paci out of his mouth with his left hand then smoothly inserting his right thumb into his mouth! So I cringed and tried not to make a big deal out of it. When he dropped the thumb, I would stick the paci back in. Well of course he has continued today, but now he is sucking on that thumb so hard and craming it in there so far, that HE is gagging on it and even vomited once from it. So he's gagging; I'm gagging. He's vomiting; I'm trying not to vomit... Not good. Aaak! I hope I get over this, or he finds something else to suck on FAST!

 

lexa - January 26

LMAO! Im sorry Kara. I know phobia's aren't anything to laugh at. This just seems like a weird one. (please don't get mad) Why do you have this phobia? Is it fear of germs or just the noise?

 

Kara H. - January 26

I don't know its so nasty! I think it may be from the daughter of my mom's best friend that I spent a lot of time with when I was really small. She was a thumb sucker. It was always wet and shriveled. My mom went back to college when I was little so I ended up spending the night there a lot when my mom had an early morning commitment at the university. We would sleep in her full size bed and she would be sucking away all night on that d__n thing, but would occasionally take it out long enough to flail her arms around and hit me with her slimy thumb or the wet fringe of her blanket she sucked on as well.

 

lexa - January 26

Oh jeez. Im sorry, ROTF! It's just the way you explained the story. I guess I wouldn't like it either if I were you. I remember my sisters friend used to be a big thumb-sucker! At the time, they were 5. Yep...she still sucked away at 5. It was really gross. I guess I never really thought about it since my ds never sucked his thumb. My dd on the other hand gets those fingers in there (just recently started). She doesn't suck her thumb though. Oooh, she sucked on her blanket. You poor thing....so you were traumatized as a child by a wet thumb.....yuck!

 

jb - January 26

You do tell the story in a hilarious manner. I am still lmao!!! I look forward to hearing more stories from you!!!! :-)

 

apr - January 29

Kara-I absolutely HATE thumb suckers too. I dont have a phobia, but I will do anything to not have my kids sucking on their thumbs. My LO also started prefering his thumb to paci at around 4 months, and my whole family started saying: you'll see, he'll be sucking his thumb. so I said, he wont. He'll learn that he can have the paci for now, but no thumb. well anyways, I won! Every time I saw him put his thumb in his mouth, I gently took it out, and replaced it with his paci. I havent seen him put his thumb in his mouth for a few weeks now. Just hang in there. I also told him that Mummy doesnt like him to suck his thumb, and he can have the paci instead. I think he listened to me. If you get frustrated then he'll carry on doing it. Just calm down, get over your phobia, and give him the paci each time instead. I'm sure he'll give it up soon.

 

cae - January 29

Kara, how old is Max? I too, am disgusted with thumb sucking. Ethan really was not interested in his paci, he only used it for the first few weeks of his life. So I though for sure he would be a thumb sucker. Well, he did suck his thumb around I think 6-7 months. I couldnt stand it myself. For the most part, I let him do it, hoping it was just a short phase, and other times I would distract with with a toy that he could suck on. Luckily, it didnt last very long. What a relief. Hopefully, it is a short phase for Max as well, that will phase fast.

 

Kara H. - January 29

He's 6 months.

 

sophandbob - January 29

I find thumb sucking so cute. My little man has got it down to a fine art, and persoanlly (not bashing here) thinks it looks far more pleasing to the eye than a dummy.

 

Brittany - January 29

is this just a thumb sucking thing or fingers all together? I don't see what the big deal is, thats how they comfort themselves. My son does it and the only thing I'm worried about is him picking up germs that way but if thats his only sense of security, I don't care. Your son at six months is probably just exploring his fingers. Good luck with your phobias girls, I've never heard of it but now I know it exists!

 

LisaB - January 29

Ouch my ds is a thumb sucker and I think its cute- was it my first choice no but my ds isn't gross or disgusting.

 

piratesmermaid - January 29

I think pacifiers are disgusting after a certain age, and while I don;t like thumb sucking at all either, I'd have to say that I prefer it over a paci/dummy. Though I totally understand your phobia, Kara, especially after you expained why you have it, so stick with the paci. Honestly, I wish babies/toddlers didn't feel the need to suck at all, but what can you do?

 

Kara H. - January 29

I have always been really grossed out by saliva. I could deal with ANY other bodily fluid other than saliva. Fortunately Max's salivia doesn't gross me out, but other peoples kid's saliva does. It doesn't bother me AS MUCH when he sucks on his fingers. It is the shriveled slimy thumb thing that makes me sick (I can feel myself gagging just thinking about it!). As long as it is just exploring/teething issue, I will be fine. But if he becomes a habitiual thumb sucker, I'm going to be in trouble - probably thin too since I will be perpetually gaggy.

 

apr - January 29

well when he gets older u can dip his thumb into that bitter thing. dunno wat its called, but i know ppl who were rid of the thumb within a couple of days

 

piratesmermaid - January 29

Eww, Kara, don't think about it! ;) I am totally with you on the saliva thing though. It is DISGUSTING! Like you, my dd's saliva doesn't bother me, but everyone else's does. Kids, adults, it doesn't matter. I had a problem with kissing in the beginning because of my disgust with saliva. So I am in absolute agreement with ya there!

 

spamanda - January 29

lol -- this is so funny because I am personally disgusted by pacifiers. I've never heard of anyone being grossed out by thumb sucking, but now I know it exists. Ds is just over 4 mos. and he's putting everything in his mouth, especially his fingers. I think the more you make an issue over anything, the more likely he'll pay attention to whatever it is (in this case thumb sucking). Good luck!

 

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