Thumb Sucker

Amy - posted on 10/02/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I have a 6 year old daughter who still sucks her thumb and we are having a difficult time getting her to stop. She only seems to do it when she is tired, lying down, or upset. She agrees that she needs to stop, but breaks down in tears when we try to enforce it. Any ideas?

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Amy - posted on 10/08/2009

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Thank you all for the helpful hints! We have tried the gross nail polish thing and that unfortunately became a very emotional ordeal for her. I will definitely try finding another security item to replace it with. Thanks again!!

Casey - posted on 10/05/2009

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my daughter just turned 7 and it is also a big problem with us too. she does it all the time though not just when she is tired or upset. it used to be that was the only time but now it seems to have gotten worse. and her teeth are starting to show the result. we remind her everytime to get her thumb out of her mouth and even the teachers at school have gotten into it. unfortunately nothing has worked. i have tried the thumb stuff and even cayanne pepper on her thumb but nothing works. i had hoped that once she got into school and was around her friends she would stop but no such luck. and like i said it seems to be getting worse. i just dont know what to do. im actually thinking about talking to her dentist about the device to put in her mouth that can make her quit. its just expensive and i would rather not go to that extreme if at all possible. so if you find something that works please let me know. thanx

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had the same issues...but my little one was 4, going on 5. i offered incentives like lolipops in the am if she didn't at night in bed. also asked her daily after pre-school...just to let her know there was some accountability. the biggest thing was that the dentist talked about it, and talked to her about it. said if she didnt stop soon, he would eventually have to put a device in the roof of her mouth. she DID NOT want that..so I would just remind her that he would be able to tell if she was still sucking her thumb. and i did threaten to "call him" from time to time..but, I didnt go overboard with the "threats"...just enough to put it out there...eventually, she did stop. i have only seen her maybe twice in the last year...well, maybe 3 or 4 times having fallen asleep with it...but, like you said...on nights where she was super tired or was upset when she went to bed. good luck!!!

Rose - posted on 10/04/2009

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I have a sister who did this up until she was married, and we found out that yes it is insecuritys,but the more we made a big deal out of it the worse it became and we noticed that when she was around her friends she did not do it, but when she was alone and with family and comfortable she went right to it of course being older we could ask why she did it and what helped she finally agreed that it was time to grow up .

now I dont expect you to have this problem for long but it is sometimes a big adjustment for kids, the majority take to it like fish to water but then there are some who need a little more help and understanding, like i said if we had all the help when she was younger i doubt she would have continued sucking her digits that long. she is fine now......hope it helps some good luck

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i tried thum on my daughter and it didnt work. my 5 year old still sucks her thumb, pretty much what you said, when she is tired, and kind of like a comfort thing. She just will not stop, I have to constantly remind her. She will take it out of her mouth when I tell her to, but then I catch her again lol I dk what to do either. My 9 year old stopped sucking her thumb at close to 8 years old and will need braces when she is a bit older.

Alinda - posted on 10/03/2009

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I have a 4yr old that's still on his. I did it as a child, so i never really tried stopping him. my husband on the other hand is going crazy over it :). Nothing worked for me as a child... I gave it up on my own.

However, some people put gross stuff on the finger, or have the child hold a battery, then make a hype about batteries being poisonous.....

Mary - posted on 10/02/2009

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Her thumb is like her security blanket.. Tryin giving her something to hold onto when she is upset or something. my sons security blanket is having a hotwheel in his hand.

Jacqueline - posted on 10/02/2009

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You can by a liquid called Thum at the pharmacy or your dentist should be able to tell you one that is good for thumb sucking. there are a couple of them. I have tried thum and it taste really nasty and they start drooling all over the place.

Michelle - posted on 10/02/2009

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Try not to make a big deal about it. Just gently remind her when you catch her with her thumb in her mouth.

You might try giving her a blanket or stuffed animal to hold when she is lying down to keep her hands occupied instead of in her mouth.

Gayle - posted on 10/02/2009

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they used to have a nail polish that had pepper flavor in it that worked!!! that is what they used on me!

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