My 8 year old daughter still sucks her thumb.

Amy - posted on 06/06/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Any suggestions to get her to stop. It has caused dental problems.

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Lisa - posted on 06/09/2009

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I would love any help also. My daughter is 5 and i even told her i would go and get her ears pierced if she stops. She still does it and this is something she REALLY wants.

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Lisa - posted on 06/12/2009

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My 12 year old son occasionally still sucks his thumb. My sister sucked hers till about the same age. She needed braces, but the threat hasn't stopped my boy. My sister just washed that yukky stuff off when she was younger too. My parents even tried hypnotism but that didn't work either. In the end she just had to grow out of the habit, I'm not sure if the promise of a new tape deck helped (it was a long time ago LOL) but I remember she did end up getting one.

Tiffany - posted on 06/11/2009

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i work at am orthodontist and the earlier you get the appliance in to the mouth the better... because the thumb bucks there teeth... so go make an appt. for a free consultation. she will hate it but it will be well worth it!

Lindsay - posted on 06/10/2009

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my daughter did the same thing at 7 she is 9 now but I was determined to get her to stop but she wouldn't so I started taping socks to her hands at night I had to use heavy duty tape cause she was getting them off but it worked. I tried that thumb stuff and it didn't work she sucked right through it. She hasn't sucked her fingers in 2 years!

Kristi - posted on 06/09/2009

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I have the same problem with my children. My 9 year old daughter we tried everything that everyone has mentioned and finally the orthodontist put a reminder in her mouth. It is the first phase in her braces.It is a metal piece that is cemented in and doesn't allow her to put her thumb in her mouth. She is going to need a lot of work on her teeth because of her thumb sucking. And I have two more thumb suckers Yugh!!!

Alicia - posted on 06/09/2009

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My daughter is 9 & she sucks her thumb, but I have noticed its only at night, when she's tired or not feeling well. I have gone in during the middle of the night and she does not have it in and she's not sucking it in the morning when she wakes up either. I sucked mine until I was in the 4th grade and eventually stopped

Apryl - posted on 06/07/2009

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I have the same problem with my 10 year old boy, he sucks only at night like a security thing and we have tried the stuff on his nails but it makes him so sick that he ends up throwing up. I do believe that this is an unconcious thing that he does and doesn't realize that he is doing this. We have also tried putting a sock or ace bandage around his hand so he does not get to his thumb. His thumb sucking has also caused some dental problems he now has his two front teeth pushed out because of his thumb sucking, if any body has any ideas for me that would also be great would really love him to stop sucking his thumb soon!!!

Dayna - posted on 06/07/2009

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I used to suck my thumb until I was about 13!!! My mom said I eventually just grew out of it. When I got to certain age I wouldn't do it in front of other people and then I just eventually stopped. The stuff that you put on the nails to make then taste bad never worked for me I would just suck it off anyways. You may just have to discourage the habit but be patient and let it outgrow itself. I never had any dental problems though so my parents didn't have to worry about that. Good Luck!!

Rachelle - posted on 06/06/2009

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I am having a similar problem with my daughter she is 5 years old and she bites her nails and toes past the white part. I found this stuff in the pharmacy that you put on the fingers and they hate the taste of it. Ask the pharmacist what they recommended. Hot sauce works too. I don't know if I would use that but anything that will keep them from putting it their mouth. good luck it is hard to break.

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