Angelina Jolie's Thumbsucking 5-Year-Old Is No Big Deal

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thumbsucking kidYou would think thumbsucking is the kid equivalent to being caught abusing drugs. People get crazy when they see an "older" kid sucking their thumb. I think we need to relax. We have to remember that when we see anyone doing anything, it's just a snapshot in time. We can't assume when we see Angelina Jolie's 5-year-old Vivienne sucking her thumb in a photo that she does it all throughout the day. Maybe she was just doing it for that moment. We don't have to call the dental police or start contributing to a orthodontic fund posthaste.

I think it's no big deal and one thing Angelina Jolie and I have in common. Our kids suck their thumbs and we're not on the phone with thumbsuckers anonymous freaking out about it.

I feel like there are so many bigger things to worry about in this life and my kid sucking her thumb isn't one of them. And no I don't want my daughter to have orthodontic problems down the line, but for right now my nearly 4-year-old is quite soothed from a little thumbsucking. She doesn't do it all day long. It's mostly when she tired -- she does it right before a nap or at bedtime. Maybe that's what was going on with Angelina's daughter Vivienne. She was tired. She had her blankie and her thumb and instead of throwing a tantrum or being cranky or crying, she has a way to soothe herself that doesn't involve having a whiskey on the rocks ... because we all know that's not acceptable for kids. If a little thumbsucking takes the edge off, then so be it. And so what if Vivienne is 5. She's still a kid. A kid with a habit that isn't life-threatening. Thank goodness.

Our dentist has told my daughter to work on not sucking her thumb anymore and we do talk about her kicking the habit often, but she's just not fully ready. She's close. The habit isn't as bad as it was last year, so I know in a few more months it will be less, and then less and then maybe next year it won't even be an issue. Until then, I live with it. And I'm not worried or complaining about it. Unless you want to talk about the smell of my kid's thumb after she sucks on it for a while. That smell is downright awful.

What do you think of Vivienne sucking her thumb at 5? Is your kid a thumbsucker? Or you concerned?


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Todd Vrancic

It's her thumb, let her suck it if she wants to.  She's 5, not 15.

MomLi... MomLily67

Totally harmless!! she is very young child traveling all over the world, that itself is stressing to anyone, let alone a 5 year old.  She will outgrow it soon enough. My sister sucked hers well until  8yo and she is now a totally functional adult.

Kelby Johnson

My mother in law sucked her thumb up unti kindergarten (she used to hide in the coat closet during nap time so the other kids wouldn't see her) and she is a great person with great teeth!!!  She's only 5 years old, she's not a teenager.

Katha... Katharine205

I sucked mine until I was much older, I'm pretty normal now and I did quit well before adulthood :)  My own daughter was an avid thumbsucker until this past year, I didn't want her to get teased in school for it like I did so we (I) decided she needed to quit when she turned 5.  Turning 5 was a big deal for her (not sure why 5 but she really saw it as a milestone) so I started talking to her about it about a month before her birthday, about how big 5 year olds don't suck their thumbs and bought a bottle of mavela stop (bitter nail polish) to help her make a clean break.  She struggled for a few days, she definitely missed it at first but within a few months it was like she never sucked it at all.

Amber Roosa

i would still try to get them to break the habbit, my mom tried when i was little even went as far as puting tobasco or motor oil on my thumb and going in my room and pulling out of my mouth several times a night. i didn't work. i am 24 years old and still suck my thumb at night. i have a rather large overbite because of this. i like to think if i got braces maybe they would get in the way and cause me to stop. but i'm broke so i guess i will never know. STOP THEM EARLY


Celia Argana

My granddaughter is 4 and still does this but we have tried to get her to stop but she won't ,maybe Angie has the same problem...

Cyndi Campbell

My son was a thumb sucker at 6, I had to go to drastic measures to get him to stop, His front teeth weren't coming down as they should have.. his teeth literally left a hole for his thumb

purra... purracious

my 16 month old stopped sucking her thumb at 8 months. kicked her paci at 6 months. is my kid a freak of nature? lmao

nonmember avatar andrea

check out Thumbuddy To Love...great product to help stop thumb sucking in a fun and positive way...

nonmember avatar Kat

Actually, kids can have the natural urge to suck until around 6, habit or not. And my son was a thumbsucker until 6 or 7. But even at 3 it was for soothing and when he was tired or cranky, not constantly in his mouth, and the older he got, the less he did it. He's 13 1/2 now and occasionally when he's asleep I'll see that hand, thump up, near his face, but that's it. Pick your battles.

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