Wednesday 31 August 2011

Because You Asked For It: Baby Intervention


7 Month old needs thumb to sleep....

First time mom here.  :)

My 7 month old is very dependant on his thumb to fall asleep.  Very rarely he will fall asleep without sucking his thumb.  Once he's asleep...he'll pull it out..or it'll fall out.  Or sometimes i will take it out gently.  But when he's sleepy....he acts as if he almost NEEDS his thumb to fall asleep.

When will he fall outta this with ease?  Or do i need to think of ways to break him of it???  If so i'm open to idea's! :)

Thank you so much.... :)

Dear First Time Mom,

You sure are a trooper to somehow be able to smile in the face of thumb-addiction!  I don't know if I could be so strong.  Good for you for staying positive!  Thumb-addiction is a very serious problem that is widespread across the entire baby demographic.  In fact recent studies show that 4 out of 5 babies have experimented with thumb-sucking before they are even born.  It's an epidemic!

They suck their thumb like it is sweet, sweet candy and then black right out in a pacified stupor.  They can be absolutely miserable if they don't get that fix.  And that has an effect on everybody.  It can ruin lives.  Let me assure you that it is never too early to stage an intervention. In fact I'm rather shocked that you didn't seek out help before now but then, sometimes the mother is the last to know.  So sad.

First, gather as many family and friends in your home, so they can calmly explain to your baby the ways in which his thumb-addiction has hurt them and damaged their relationships.  In the face of all this testimonial evidence your baby can take his first step towards healing; admitting that he has a problem.  Unfortunately there are no treatment facilities for baby-related addictions (please, help spread awareness!), so you will have to rehabilitate your baby at home.  It won't be easy, but with a lot of loving support you can do it.

I recommend going cold turkey.  Bind his arms to his sides so he can't have any access to his thumbs. You can do this by swaddling him firmly in a soft receiving blanket and then securing it with duct tape.  Babies are so darn squirmy they get out of anything!  He will be likely to scream and cry and thrash around but do not give in!  That's only the DTs talking.

He may get through it, or he may die.  I have never seen any adult thumb-suckers so it's definitely going to be one or the other.

                                                                   Have a nice day!  :)
                                                                          Mommy Rotten :)

1 comment:

  1. She could just cut his thumb off.... that's what I would do.. I'd rather have a sleepless baby with no thumbs than one who actually sleeps. I mean, come on, who wouldn't want that?