Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    thumb sucking
    lewsmom posted:
    My daughter is nearly 15 months old and recently started daycare about 3 weeks ago. She has sucked her thumb since she was ~ 3 mo. old. The daycare teachers informed me today that she is sucking her thumb frequently during the day and subsequently placed a band-aid on her thumb to deter her. I'm concerned because she does not suck her thumb that frequently at home and am wondering if her increased thumb sucking is secondary to anxiety. I'm fearful that trying to get her to stop thumb sucking is taking away her only coping mechanism at daycare and may make her anxiety worse. But on the other I have read that excessive thumb sucking is also not healthy and so I am not sure what to do about this issue. Any advice would be much appreciated.
    Ihgirl1066 responded:
    I really dont think it is their choice on stopping your child from sucking her thumb, that would be up to you. I think i'd be mad if they told me my son or daughter couldnt suck their thumb, it isnt hurting anyone...
    Jessica, DH (Trav), DS (4-24-10), DD (9-29-11)
    mikimom2010 responded:
    I would definitely tell the daycare to NOT put a bandaid in her thumb. They carry horrible germs and anything she touches will be transferred to her mouth. It's your child and your decision. If they can't respect it then maybe you should consider finding a new daycare.

    Spotlight: Member Stories

    My name is Danielle. My husband and I have been married 8 years and we have a 2 1/2 year old son named Logan. I came to WebMD when he was about 8 mont...More

    Helpful Tips

    2 1/2 yr old Will Not Eat Regular Food
    My 2 1/2 yr old grandson will not eat regular food for lunch or diner. He only wants baby food. We have tried puree the food, putting it in ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    10 of 19 found this helpful

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.