how can i get my daughter to stop sucking her thumb?

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Ana - posted on 04/17/2012

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well im 26 and i still suck it but i really wanna stop and at times ill do really good not doing it but then its like i go back to sucking my thumb and when i was younger my mom tried everything and i need help

Monique - posted on 11/14/2008

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These are all good suggestions, but unfortunately none of these worked for me. I was a thumbsucker as a child and my mother tried all this and more to get me to stop. My grandfather would spit his tobacco juice on my thumb, nasty huh? But I would just wash it real good and continue to suck. For me it was just a comfort thing. I did not stop until I was age 26. I went and got the roof device and that helped at first because it felt uncomfortable, but then I got use to it. But one day I just stopped. My best friend is 35 and she still sucks her thumb. A family friend of my mom is in his 50s and he sucks his thumb. These are extreme cases. My son sucked a pacifier until age 5. I had a hard time taking it from him. I tried everything, nothing worked, until one day I told him the doggie ate it, he looked at me and his dad and said I guess he was hungry and that was that. I'm not saying give your child's thumb to the dog, just keep at it, you will find something that will work

Kristen - posted on 11/14/2008

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What are her triggers for thumb sucking?? For my daughter it was her blankie.. yes she is 7 and still has her blankie.. You need to try and remove her trigger, or at least become aware of what it is so you can try and help her find a different way to sooth herself than sucking her thumb. Since my daughter would wrap her blanket around her hand and then suck her thumb, we would watch her and tell her to stop, and just rub her thumb against her blanket instead.. it took about 2 months, but she broke the habit.

Alyson - posted on 11/14/2008

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I bribed our son to quit sucking his thumb. It cost me about $30 but that is much cheaper than the alternative. We started with $1 the first day, $2 the second day, etc. It took less than a month, but that is what worked for him.

Stephanie - posted on 11/14/2008

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You're welcome! I know what a struggle it is...it's such a comfort to them. Hot sauce, band aids...none of that would work for us. It would only upset him and upset us and not get us anywhere. Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 11/14/2008

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Stephanie, that actually sounds like a good idea. I believe I will try it. Thanks.

Stephanie - posted on 11/14/2008

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You need to fill the NEED she is fulfilling by sucking her thumb. I bought sugar free candies and sugar free gum. We haven't stopped the sucking totally, but we are getting there and it really helps. When he has the candy at school and he wants to suck his thumb he has a drawer in the teacher's desk and he goes and gets a piece. She says it's working great!

Jackqueline - posted on 11/13/2008

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I wish I had some answers! I have a 5 and 7 year old who won't stop sucking thumbs! Help!

Jessica - posted on 11/13/2008

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We told our son we would buy him a Wii if he could make it 3 weeks without sucking his thumb... that didn't work.

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What about a reward for NOT sucking?
Maybe you make a little chart, and for every day she doesn't suck her thumb she gets a star. Once she gets a weeks worth of stars, you do something special with her. Take her to a movie, or to her favorite place to eat.
My son responds a lot better to positive reinforcement.

Blakely - posted on 11/13/2008

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I know this sounds cruel but it really works put hot sauce on it or even fennel or something like a bandaid and tell her when she stops sucking her thumb she can take the bandaid off. There might be a better suggestion out there but if not try it it couldnt hurt.

Jessica - posted on 11/13/2008

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I have the same problem with my son. We tried the hot sauce...he would wash his hands. We bought a "thumb buster" (a glove that slides over his thumb) he chewed a hole in it until he could get to his thumb. He has had to have his 2 top teeth taken out because his teeth grew in crooked due him sucking his thumb and he started to get an infection in them. His bottom teeth fell out on his own and his new teeth are growing in crooked because of his thumb sucking. The only thing I know to do is go to the dentist and get that device put in his mouth. but right now we just don't have the money. I feel your pain, Tiffany...this thumb sucking is horrible.

Shannon - posted on 11/13/2008

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If you ask a pediatric dentist, there is a device that they can put in the roof of her mouth to keep from sucking because if she doesn't it can mess up her teeth. It wasn't that expensive and it worked. It hurts to suck your thumb with it in and they stop in like a few days!!

Tiffany - posted on 11/13/2008

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i have tryed the hottest pepper from mexico and it dont help of couse she has to like hot things like her dad.

Summer - posted on 11/13/2008

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My sister would not quit sucking her thumb when she was young and my mom put some really hot sauce on her thumb and when she would put her thumb in her mouth she would be set on fire so she eventually quit sucking her thumb because she associated hot with sucking her thumb. I hope this helps yes it sounds kind of mean but it worked. It won't take long for her to stop if you try this. Also you could show her some pictures of people who had to have braces because of thumb sucking and tell her that will happen to you if you don't stop sucking her thumb.

Kara - posted on 11/13/2008

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no bite nail polish, i did it with my daughter (i'm a nail biter) it tastws awful and she has quit. we both cried together after eating halloween candy bars and licking our fingers afterwards, it does wear off after a week so remember to reapply or start from square one!

you can buy it in the nail poilsh section of walgreens/cvs

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