HELP! 7yr. old still sucks her fingers!

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HELP! 7yr. old still sucks her fingers!
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Thu, 08-28-2003 - 8:26pm
Hi,

My 7 yr. old dd still sucks her two middle fingers (ring and middle finger). She has been doing this since she was 3 and we made her stop using the binky (pacifier). Her fingers are now so deformed - they are actually bent and crooked and have a hard lump by the knuckle from the pressure of her teeth.

She sucks her fingers all the time - when she is tired - and I just do not know how to get her to stop. I am really worried that she is causing permanent damage to her fingers. I've tried the bad flavored stuff - she just sucks it off!! We've tried bandaids and holding on to stuffed animals but nothing replaces the calmness she gets from sucking on her fingers.

Should I consult with her doctor about this?

I appreciate any help or advice you can give me.

Many thanks,

Debbie :-)

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Thu, 08-28-2003 - 9:32pm
Hi Debbie and welcome. I just don't have any ideas at all about what to do for this. I think you should consult your dr. and maybe he/she may have some suggestions. Hopefully someone will help you come up with something. I'm sure it has to be very worriesome for you.

Let us know what happens.


Karla

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Fri, 08-29-2003 - 10:48am
Since Victoria is my first child out of 3 that sucks her thumb, I don't have any advice for you. But I can tell you my sister sucked the same fingers your DD does and hers are fine now as an adult.

HUGS. let us know what the Ped offers.

Lisa

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Registered: 04-05-2003
Fri, 08-29-2003 - 1:21pm
I would say that its important to raise this with the doctor because of the potential damage you see happening. It could be a form of obsessive compulsion. Were it not for that, then the fact of sucking her fingers wouldn't be a concern necessarily. I know I did as a boy for quite some time and it eventually stopped.

But definitely, if its causing harm, she needs to be evaluated professionally.

My best wishes. I hope to hear what you find out.

-Gary

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Tue, 09-02-2003 - 12:47am
Hello Katie, Lisa and Gary,

Thank you all for your replies and advice. Lisa - it does help to know that her fingers may be fine as she gets older. I appreciate that. Gary - I agree with you. If her fingers weren't showing some deformity, I wouldn't even bother her about it. I am embarrassed to say that I sucked my thumb for SO long that I finally stopped when I got braces!!! Yup - THAT long!!! I used to hook my pointer finger on my nose. Because I did it for so long, my nose shifted as I got older and I eventually had to have my deviated septum fixed in my adulthood.

I think I will discuss it with her doctor. If he tells me that her fingers will be fine - I will just leave her alone about it.

Thanks again. I'll post her doctor's response for anyone that might be interested.

XOXO

Debbie :-)