How do you get a 3 and a half year old to stop sucking her thumb

Jennifer - posted on 11/18/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 3 and a half and she still sucks her thumb and we cant get her to stop no matter what...any suggestions?

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Tanya - posted on 11/21/2009

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my partners 7 almost 8 yr olds still suck there thumbs so i got no advice, i got him to try even tabasco sauce but nothing works!

Angie - posted on 11/20/2009

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Quoting Jennifer: 

Hey thanks to all of you for your help.....Ill try the some of the things listed on here. The other ones I have already tried with no luck. I have even tried putting some nail polish stuff that doesnt taste good and she still sucks her thumb. LOL but thank you any ways.


oh i was very famous for that when i was a kid!!


 

Angie - posted on 11/20/2009

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my son sucked his thumb i think he grew out of it. i sucked my thumb in till i was in 8th grade. i use to hide under the covers so i can suck my thumb my dad always knew that i was under there sucking my thumb. i think i was the only one to suck thumb. my big sister use to put this pepper stuff on my thumb i think it was some kind of nasty tasting finger nail polish stuff maybe it was stop bite nail and thumb sucking. i just ignored the taste and sucked it off or washed it in the sink. the only reason i stopped is bc my parents got me braces and they put this bar on the roof of my mouth that stopped me from sucking my thumb

Jennifer - posted on 11/20/2009

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Hey thanks to all of you for your help.....Ill try the some of the things listed on here. The other ones I have already tried with no luck. I have even tried putting some nail polish stuff that doesnt taste good and she still sucks her thumb. LOL but thank you any ways.

Michelle - posted on 11/18/2009

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try band aids with their favortie cartoon and tell them how "Dora' or whatever you get does not like to be in the mouth or something like that.

Lindsay - posted on 11/18/2009

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we used a nail polish for my daughter. It was Mavala Stop and I think we got it off of amazon.com for about $8. It worked like a charm...=)

Kacie - posted on 11/18/2009

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I used vinegar on the fingers i had a hand sucker, she would but her whole hand in her mouth and i counldnt stand it. i knew she wasnt allergic to vinegar and she didnt like the taste or smell one bit

Jade - posted on 11/18/2009

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i would say dip her thumb in quinine and she'll stop sucking it quick enough but im not even sure they make that anymore....but you could look into it =]

Cari Jo - posted on 11/18/2009

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Try using lemon juice on her thumbs usually it will stop after about a week. I did that with my now 7 year old son. he loves lemons now but when I had to do that he HATED it and stopped after a few tries.

Christina - posted on 11/18/2009

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Well my boyfriends lil boy is 3 and a half also.. We just started always telling him to take his thumb out while playing or watching movies or in the car. We make him take it out... Well used to make him.. Started doing it about 2mo ago and he no longer sucks his thumb. We do not bother him when he is sleeping though. He still sucks his thumb while sleeping.. I think that will come at a later time.. All when he is ready.. I know this works cuz My daughter is seven, and sucked her thumb from 3mo on. I never let her suck her thumb while playing... She only sucked her thumb during naps or bedtime.. I was always just taking her thumb out when she was lil and she just quit doing it unless she was very tired. Now at seven she does not even think about sucking her thumb even when she is sleeping.. It is a lot of persistence but it is well worth it... Good luck... Hope this helps...

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