Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Edie | 2012-02-10


Dummy be gone

Dear Prof

My almost 3yr old still depends on his dummy as much as when he was months old. He started using it less before his brother was born (1yr ago) and also don’ t use it (or even ask for it) at school during the day. But when his brother was born it went downhill again and now as soon as he gets in the car he wants his dummy and then almost all the time at home. We have tried everything: Snipping the tips, loosing it, having the crocodile steal it. Nothing worked. He just kept on sucking the snipped dummy until nothing was left and it became quite disgusting and then he would cry and cry and cry. He is very sensitive, so we don’ t want him to be so sad. So, it def has to do with us not being able to see it through. Anyway, I realized that he is only going to give up the dummy when he has a reason to do so. (His father sucked his thumb until Std 5 –  could it be genetic??) I asked the pharmacist for something that I could inject into his dummy that will then make the dummy taste bad, but that you couldn’ t wash off. She gave me Alum Crystals. What is your take on this? Should I try it?

Thank you

Expert's Reply



I am not happy about putting alum on a child's dummy. I do not know if it is safe.The only way to solve this problem is to go 'cold turkey' Just take his dummy away and tell him that he is now a big boy and that he is too old to be sucking on a dummy.

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Posted by: leila | 2012-02-13

What the Paediatrician advised here is excellent advice. I was just going to say the same thing also.
The only way is to just take it away and he''l soon get over it. I did the same thing when my son was 3. I just took it away and said from now on: No dummy/bottle!

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