I have an almost 10 year old who still sucks her thumb.

Michelle - posted on 09/15/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My daughter is in 4th grade and still sucks her thumb. I have tried putting hot stuff on her thumb. I have tried the nail polish stuff. I tried putting band-aids on her thumbs. I even put gloves on her hands at night while she slept. I don't know what else to do!

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Donna - posted on 09/17/2009

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my daughter is 8 and occasionally still does it! i think its a comfort thing. when they are ready they will stop. she used to do it constantly but since she sees her friends not doing it,she stopped. let it run its course. good luck!

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Stephanie - posted on 09/18/2009

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Does she have a favorite blanket or teddy that she sleeps with or holds when she is tired? Our son is 7 and half and sucked his thumb constantly. He had a favorite blanket he called his "kiki" One night the "kiki fairy" came and left him a long note...saying he was growing up to be such a big boy, and there is a little boy who is less fortunate and doesn't have a blanket to stay warm at night....blah blah etc. The fairy said she was so proud of him giving his blanket away she left him a sucker, and said if you continue to do good not sucking your thumb keep checking under your pillow. He stopped sucking his thumb almost immediately. I have realized he associated sucking his thumb with being tired and any other security object he had. As he got older he only sucked the thumb when sleepy. So having the blanket taken away, and rewarded for it worked well for us. I will say that once in a great while, when he is sleeping he puts the thumb in his mouth out of habit. But, not much and nothing i would worry about. I do believe they will stop on their own. I wish you lots of luck:-)

Julie - posted on 09/18/2009

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I didn't stop sucking my finger at night until I had headgear and there was no more room in my mouth (about age 14). Nothing my parents tried ever stopped me, I only sucked my finger to fall asleep, and I would hide it from them.
Try not to stress about it, it will go away eventually.

Chris - posted on 09/16/2009

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no don't do that do not let her suck her thumb, my daughter is 10 and still does, mainly at home or at grandma's but not at school and she does it at night too. I have tried mavalstop but if you do not put it on nightly she will not stop like my daughter, we did what they said for 3 weeks to break the habbit and still is, so now I am trying it nightly, to see what happens, I will apply it while she is sleeping so hopefully she won't notice during the day or fight with me during the day and I can get it on her thumbs nightly we'll see. and good luck

Janeen - posted on 09/16/2009

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I sucked my thumb until I was 12,lol. I would say if her teeth are ok then its fine, if it is affecting her teeth, then I would try that stuff you put on her thumb that tastes nasty, or wrapping that thumb in medical tape or anything that will make the thumb nasty to her.

Jessica - posted on 09/16/2009

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It can be really bad for her teeth, and you will end up paying for it in braces... My friend's orthodontist put in an appliance that was like a small gate hanging from the roof of her mouth. She was unable to close her mouth with her thumb in the way, preventing thumb sucking. He removed it after a few months, once the habit was broken. Problem solved! Ask your dentist...

Ashley - posted on 09/16/2009

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i sucked mu thumb until i was nearly thirty!! its just a comfort thing and i dont think there is anything wrong with it. wouldnt it be worse if she was drinking, smoking and doing drugs?! believe me the more you try stop her the worse she will be and she may end up resenting you.

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Let her suck her thumb, she'll stop when she is ready. I sucked my thumb until I was nine and I turned out just fine. It's like a security blanket, it comforts her.

Diane - posted on 09/15/2009

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I agree with Lindsay she has to want to stop. I sucked my thumb until I was in the 5th grade. But what saved my teeth was that I played a brass instrument (The French horn) and the pressure that you put on the teeth while playing eventually pushed my teeth back together again. When I bite down my teeth stuck out but now they are where they are suppose to be But I played the instrument from 5th to 12 grade. But it was cheaper than orthodontist.

Lindsay - posted on 09/15/2009

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Does she have a desire to stop? That makes a huge difference! My daughter asked to stop earlier this year after we talked about how bad it would affect her teeth. She's 4 and since she was open to stopping, we broke the habit fully within a few days. We used a polish(I know you said you've tried polishes but this one will not come off and is extremely bitter) Mavala Stop and it's for nail biters and thumb suckers. Once we applied it, she only attempted to suck her fingers one time. I applied it every day for about a month even though she wasn't trying after the first few days. I would strongly recommend this product. I hope you find something that works for your daughter! Good luck! =)

Stacey - posted on 09/15/2009

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This is my fear. Both my 4 year old and my 6 year suck their thumbs at night. The oldest promised she would stop when her grown up teeth started coming in...needless to say, she hasn't stopped. She only does it at night now, so hopefully she'll stop completely in the near future.

Chrystal - posted on 09/15/2009

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I sucked on my index and middle fingers...till I was like 13. My parents tried everything, from grounding to hot sauce, nothing worked, until I decided it was time to stop. It was a comfort thing for me and the only way I could go to sleep. I had to tie my hand to the bed, I know that sounds bad, but it was the only thing I could do to stop. I only sucked on my right hand so before bed I would use a robe tie and tie it just enough that I couldn't get to my mouth. I also tried listening to music to relax before bed and while going to sleep. Together it eventually worked, but now I have to have a radio or tv on to go to sleep. I hope you have better luck with your daughter.

Tara - posted on 09/15/2009

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hey Michelle. I personally can tell you eventually she will out grow the thumb sucking phase. Im embarrased to admit it but I sucked my thumb till I was about 12-13. Yeah crazy but nothing my parents tried worked either. There is always duck tape..LOL just kdding.

Sharon - posted on 09/15/2009

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My friend had the same problem. Their orthodontist talked to the daughter and he actually made a deal with her that if she stopped sucking her thumb, he would give her $30! And it worked!



Also, at night she sucked her thumb while sleeping. So, the orthodontist suggested placing a tea towel around her elbow (lightly) so that she would not be physically able to bring her thumb to her mouth while she slept.



I have a 4 year old who is addicted to her thumb, I hope it doesn't go until 10, but we shall see....

Carmon - posted on 09/15/2009

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They make this liquid stuff that you can put on it and it has a terrible taste. You can find it at Wal-Mart. It's safe for the kids and I had to use it for a nail biter. They quit pretty quickly! It does work.

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