Edison has been a thumbsucker since he was a baby.
He sucks his thumb a lot. It's usually when he's in rest mode (in other words, not bouncing off the walls). But, as soon as he slows down and he's no longer in motion, that thumb goes in.
I was looking through my collection of downloaded pictures to find some examples of Edison with his thumb in his mouth. Surprisingly, there weren't as many as I thought there would be. But, I guess in most pictures I have of him, he's actively engaged.
But, here's what I found.
Sucking his thumb with dirty hands.
There's the thumb again.
And yet again.
And, there he is in the background, not wanting to participate in a family picture.
Sucking on his thumb
We had a dentist appointment yesterday. She has mentioned his thumbsucking before. But, yesterday she made no bones about it. He is doing permanent damage to his teeth (pushing the top front ones out and the bottom front ones back), his palate, even the growth of his jaw.
So, now this has moved beyond a childhood habit that I figured would eventually diminish on it's own to something that is potentially serious with life long effects.
Here's my question to you dear readers. Have any of you had thumbsuckers? What methods have you found effective in helping your thumbsucker break his or her habit? I'd appreciate any words of wisdom you may have!