Since Xav was 8 or 9 weeks old, he's been a thumb sucker. When he first started doing it, I loved it because it helped him sleep through the night and he looked so cute doing it.
This last month has been rough on my Xavy Baby. He's been diagnosed with RSV, croup, h-flu, mono and an allergy to Augmentin. He got really dehydrated with the mono and h-flu, and his lips cracked and bled. His left thumb got a big crack along the knuckle, and he'd put his thumb in his mouth to suck, then immediately pull it out and say, "owie, mommy, hurts." The crack was getting bigger and bigger because he kept trying to suck it. I decided to cover it with a band-aid and ointment as much as possible to help it heal. One night I didn't take the band-aid off and he kept it on the whole night, and slept well! I couldn't believe it! Xav hasn't sucked him thumb in over a week. I'm so happy he broke the habit!