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Your LIFE: My rule of thumb is use a dummy.

Byline: COLEEN NOLAN

MY eight-month-old son likes to suck his thumb but I've heard a dummy might be better for him. Do you think I should get him to start using a dummy? Is it a bad habit to get into?

Elizabeth Sampson Hemel Hempstead Herts

COLEEN SAYS: I would give him a dummy. I gave all my kids dummies because I can't bear to see them sucking their thumbs. I think it looks awful, especially when they suck their thumbs when they've been naughty - it makes them look so spoilt.

It's also much harder to break the habit when they suck their thumb. You can give them a dummy up to a certain age, then just chuck it away. You'll have a few days of hell, but they'll get used to it and be fine.

On the other hand, what can you do about a thumb? You can't cut it off. I've seen kids of 13 who are still sucking their thumbs. It's a big problem.

My niece is seven, she's always sucking her thumb and my sister can't stop her. At first my sister thought it was great that she didn't want a dummy, but now she's upset she can't stop sucking her thumb.

If I were you I'd try to get your son to start using a dummy now. There is the possible problem that he might find it harder now he's taken to his thumb. But then he is still only eight months old so you can probably try to change it. He obviously just wants a comforter.

If you can get him to suck a dummy, you'll be grateful in the long-term. It's just so much easier when you want him to stop.

Put it this way - I've never seen a kid walking to school with a dummy, but I've seen lots with their thumb in their mouth.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 18, 2007
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