Thumb sucking is the symptom, but not the problem
Besides suckling being a natural motor activity for babies, your daughter has a need to suck because it is comforting to her or because she is hungry or both. Since I am confident that mom and dad Koo are keeping her well and properly fed, that leaves comfort.
Let her suck, encourage her to suck, because it makes her feel good and comforted. Between her suckling drive and teething gum problems, she just is using whatever is handy --- her thumb --- to feel mo betta.
Kittens will suck handy thread balls and lint on blankets because they have no handy thumbs like we human primates do. You no doubt have observed this suckling behavior. Well, the CATG DNA codes of human babies have been tweaked to make them hairless kittens with thumbs.
Since your daughter is a unique person on to herself, you and your wife need to develop a personalized, customized solution tailored specifically to Mr. & Mrs. Koos Baby Girl --- HER. Do not listen to sure solutions offered by relatives, friends or CNETizens. Gather data, yes, but do your own Baby Koo-Centric Analysis and determine and a craft a solution just for her.
She has a need to suck so fulfill it with a pacifier, teething ring or whatever is needed to get the job done, and in the process wean her off her now sore, raw and calloused and always handy thumb.
In your quest to find a KOO "SOLUTION" to the BABY KOO "PROBLEM," ignore the foul-tasting, non-toxic Tabasco type recommendations in favor of the alternate suckling --- it feels good solutions that will work to get her to trade-in her thumb for your yet to be determined Baby Koo Solution.
Fear not you will get there. and she will be gumming, sucking and gnawing away on something else besides her thumb until you can wean her on to pork chops. JP
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