When Amanda started sucking her thumb last winter, we thought it was so cute and it was helping her go to sleep. Many former thumb-suckers and parents of thumb-suckers asked us what we were going to do about it. Mike said, "Enjoy it!"
This week, we noticed that she had a red, painful sore developing on her thumb, so while I was in the dentist, I asked for recommendations for breaking the habit. The hygenist suggested this:
I had thought of putting socks or mittens over her hands but she could easily remove them. However, these socks are sewn to her pajamas. It was good for us to attempt this method before she had learned to remove her shirt.
The first night, she cried and Mike asked if we could do this another night because he wasn't feeling very well. So, I removed the sock-sewn shirt and put her back to bed. She still kept crying on and off until 2 am. We're not sure why, but between cutting a molar, coming down with a cold, and having a sore thumb, she was unhappy.
I worked with her the following day and as long as I left the door open a crack and went in to remind her to lay down and be quiet when she fussed, she slept reasonably well. She was still sick and teething, so we had another late night on Tuesday. She would go to sleep and be quiet just long enough for us to doze off and then she would wake up again.It's been five days now and we don't see many crabby faces like this anymore. She has accepted the socked pajamas. I'm not sure how long it takes to break the habit. I need to ask about that when I take Tony to the dentist on Tuesday. He missed his appointment because he was sick, too. Everybody has been hit with this cold and it's been no fun.
We would sure appreciate prayers for a speeding recovery for our family.