Sucking thumbs

Nikki - posted on 07/04/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son just turned six and he still sucks his thumb- it drives me crazy. How do I make him stop?

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Gena - posted on 07/06/2010

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My 5 year and 4 year olds would still suck theirs too if I hadn't done something about it. I got this liquid vitamin stuff called poly vi sol...it tastes terrible, but is actually good for them. Put it on his thumb and if he's anything like my two then one taste will stop him from ever sucking again! Let me know how it goes:)

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Michelle - posted on 08/16/2011

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The "nasty stuff for nailbiting" worked for my daughter. All it took was one coat one day. I found it with the nail polishes and what not in Wal-Mart.

Jenn - posted on 03/30/2011

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Well, a friend of mine has a son who sucks his thumb at age six and he told his mom he'll stop when he's 12. ha! Not even sure why that's the magic number! He'll need braces, but so many kids do anyway. If your child's JAW has not been affected as he has grown then he's probably ok. My friend did put strict rules around her son's thumb-sucking, particularly not in public and only at bedtime.

The gross stuff for nails doesn't work on all kids. It didn't for me! I sucked my thumb until I was six and I just fought through the nasty thumb stuff. I was that determined! But then the peer pressure of school made me finally wean myself. BTW, I did not need braces. And my mother made me brush my teeth diligently. I don't believe in forcing things on a child to make them stop doing something that comforts them. I would keep talking to him about what can happen to his teeth, his jaw, all the germs his hands have, what braces will be like on his teeth, etc. Kids are smart. They like information and like to empower themselves to move out of their own phases!

Melissa - posted on 09/04/2010

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There is a product called Thum, it tastes terrible. My mom used it on my for nailbiting! Best to break the habit soon, my daughter's aunt is 13 and has a sharp metal comb that her dentist put in herr mouth to break the habit. It is horrible on thier teeth, especially once they start getting adult teeth in!

Tedesia - posted on 07/09/2010

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My daughter always sucked her thumb when she was a baby until when she turned 3 1/2. I knew that was a comfort for her when she was alone or when she wanted peace. so i left her alone, but as time went on, I told her you are getting older and you are a big girl now (on her 4th bday) and stop sucking your thumb as much if you ready to be a big girl like your sister and believe it or not, she stop sucking her thumb as much and gradually stopped on her own...***I do catch her at times going to bed with her thumb near by**

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