Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Request for Advice

Hello everyone who reads my blog. I need some assistance in a couple of areas:

1. Potty training little boys -- Andy has been potty trained for almost two years now, but he can not make it through the night dry. We even get him up in the middle of the night to go potty and he still frequently wets the bed.

2. Thumb Suckers -- I feel like we have tried almost every possibility to help the girls cease their love of their thumbs, and yet they continue to adamantly suck them. Kara can stop for a week or two at a time, and then the thumb is right back in the mouth. We are at a loss of what to do. The dentist informed us on Monday that because of the way Kara's permanent teeth are coming in, she will assuredly have to wear braces. However, since she still does not have her back molars she is unable to get the wire put in her mouth to stop the sucking. Lydia's mouth and bite are not nearly as bad as Kara's, but the dentist informed us that her teeth are getting there. Please, if you have any successful tips, or even any tips that you don't know if they'll be successful, I would love to hear them. We have tried socks over the hands, we have tried painting that thumb deterrent (Kara just says "Yum pepper") .

Thank you for any advice and help you can give us.


MamaAngie said...

Have you tried eliminating dairy for Andy? Sometimes an intolerance to dairy causes bedwetting. It could possibly be an intolerance to another food or to food additives, but from all the reading that I have done in the last two months (a lot!) milk seems to be the most common trigger.

Mary Ann said...

I got nothin' for ya. Especially about the bed wetting. And about the thumb sucking...I was a thumb sucker until 3rd grade. For me it wasn't an emotional attachement. My mouth was just so misshapen that having my thumb in there allowed me to swallow more easily & get comfortable to sleep. When the orthodontist started working on me, I just quit.
So, no advice but I will pray that you figure out some solutions quickly!