10 yrs. old still thumbsucking

AJ - posted on 03/26/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I need advice on how to make my child to stop sucking her thumb.

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Joni - posted on 04/11/2010

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My daughter is a thumb sucker also. She's about to be 5. She has warts on her thumb and her baby teeth are gappy. I let her pick out some duct tape (pink, of course) and that seems to be slowing it down some. I let her have some time in the morning and before bed without the tape, but the rest of the day, it's covered. I have no idea if this will work, but I know getting the warts removed with nitrogen will hurt a lot. I also told her she could get her ears pierced when she stops sucking. LOL Let me know if you find something that works!!!!

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I was a thumb sucker and, according to hubby, there are nights were I suck my thumb while sleeping. My parents tried all sorts of things to get me to stop - made me wear a glove, dipped my thumb in pepper, wrapped a piece of vinegar soaked bread around my thumb, you name it and they probably tried it but none of it worked. I stopped sucking my thumb (at least out in public or when I was awake) when a classmate caught me doing it and started calling me Suck-A-Thumb. I have no damage to my mouth/teeth because of it.

Jessica - posted on 04/08/2010

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I'll be honest I was a thumb sucker!! And yes I admit very rarely but I catch myself doing it when I really upset or stressed. Its a hard thing to quit because you can not take it away your thumb is always there. My parents tred everything from tapeing my thumbs to tobassco sauce. The only thing that worked for was was stoping myself cause it was emberassing. Just keeping tring to catch him and make it it a point at how much kids will tease him if they see him do it but sadly its just somthing he has to teach himself. Most children suck their thumbs or fingers at some time in their early life. The only time it might cause concern is if it goes on beyond 6 to 8 years of age or affects the shape of the child's mouth and the position of teeth and yes I got tmj and a overbite from doing it. Scareing him might work cause let me tell you tmj is not fun esp when you mouth gets stuck wide open and you have to go to the ER!

Ann - posted on 04/06/2010

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They make a liquid you can paint on your child's thumb. It tastes awful and they will lose the attraction to the thumb very quickly if you use it. We used it for my daughter, but I can't remember the name anymore. My daughter didn't suck her thumb very long but she still had to have braces because her teeth did move because of the sucking. It was simply a habit with her. One of her friends still sucked her thumb when she was 10 and would come over to our house to stay the night. My daughter was embarrassed for her and tried to help her to quit too. She wanted braces to fix the damage but the orthodontist wouldn't let her get them until she stopped sucking her thumb. The longer it goes on, the longer she will need braces to correct the damage.

Christina - posted on 04/02/2010

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bye some nail bite you can by it at superdrug its perfectly safe. when she is sleeping put her thumbs into it for a split second and in the morning when she sucks her thumb in the morning it wont tast nice and she will stop after about a week.

Debbie - posted on 03/31/2010

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My mom told my sister that the boys wouldnt like her if she sucked her thumb. It worked.

Samantha - posted on 03/29/2010

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Why is it so important for her to stop sucking her thumb? I was a thumb sucker until I got braces. I understand that I had to get them partly because I had sucked my thumb in the first place, but the other woman is right. It is a comfort thing and the worst thing you could do is force the issue. Believe me when I say everyone but my mother tried to force me to stop and it only made me do it more. She will stop when she no longer needs the comfort. My own daughter sucks her thumb and being harrassed by it only makes her cry. She will get made fun of and harrassed enough by her peers, she doesn't need from people she trusts.

Jamie - posted on 03/28/2010

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First have you spoken to her doctor? Second, thumb sucking is usually a comfort thing. Maybe talking to her about another outlet that will comfort her would be helpful. Or if it is just a habit gently remind her that you understand habits are hard to break but you are there to help her break this one and together come up with a way for you to help.

Jen - posted on 03/28/2010

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she is old enough to understand the damage she is doing go online and show her what will happen to her teeth if she dosnt stop its worth a try?

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