Have you been successful in stoping thumb sucking? how?

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

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My 3 year old child has not stoped thumb sucking, the dentists said she needs to stop, or they will need to put a bridge in her mouth to stop it, if you have been successful in helping your young child stop thumb sucking, please let me know, I am willing to try new ideas, so far none of mine have worked.

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Tina - posted on 10/18/2009

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Yes my 4.5 yr old sucked his thumb ALL the time. It was so bad that his skin on his thumb was raw. I finally looked up online and found a thumb guard. It was expensive, but the best investment I ever made. It's been 3months since I used the thumb guard and he still hasn't sucked his thumb.
Here's a link to it.
http://www.onestepahead.com/catalog/prod...

Sharron - posted on 09/19/2012

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My daughter sucks her thumb quite alot actually and I can already see her teeth starting to change...Really hope she grows out of it before I need to contemplate one of the above suggestions. She is 4 1/2......So she should have grown out of it.. : (

Melanie - posted on 09/19/2012

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My son sucked his thumb for almost 2½ year. I had difficulty to stop him sucking his thumb. One of my friend advised me to buy BYTE X liquid stuff to put in his thumb.. that liquid stuff is really for children who sucking thumb or biting nails. So i bought it in the drugstore. I put it on my son's both thumb and so when my son sucked his thumb he really didn't like the taste.. he was really disappointed that he couldn't suck anymore. He's almost vomiting after sucking because of dirty taste for him so in just 2 days he stop sucking his thumb and I'm so glad and thankful. Please try to ask in the drugstore if they have that kind of liquid I used for my son.

Barbara - posted on 10/19/2009

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I had a very hard time getting my son stopped from sucking thumb. He didn't suck as much as a lot of children do. He didn't stop till he was almost 9. That was only because I always took his thumb out of his mouth every time I saw it and told him that did doesn't need a pacifier he's got to stop it.My sisters little girl stopped sucking fingers at 18 month when she burned her finger. We had to bandage her finger for about a week we had to use tape and gauze so she couldn't get it off. Don't know what you tried either>

Dionne - posted on 10/18/2009

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My soon to bee 3 year old sucks his thumb ALL the time, not just a part of the day. In fact, he sucks it more during the day than he do at night. I sucked my two middle fingers until I got to pre-school and didn't see anybody sucking their thumbs, so I stopped. Point is, most kids stop on their own, most need a little help. Thumb sucking is a soother at first, then becomes a habit. My fiance sucks his thumb (which is probably the reason my son won't stop), and he will be 30! I say by 5 or 6 if she is still a heavy thumb sucker, then try getting her out of the habit. Right now, try encouraging her to do other things when she feel the need to suck her thumb. I'm just gonna leave my boy to his thumb in hopes he stop before he turn 30!

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Elfrieda - posted on 09/19/2012

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My friend bought her 3 year old some "motorcycle gloves", I'm not really sure what they're for, maybe actually dirtbiking. They have grippy palms and velcro around the wrists. He loved them and wore them ALL the time. It didn't work to suck his thumb while wearing them and they were hard to take off, so he just stopped.



My almost-3 year old sucks his thumb to go to sleep and when awakening, but never when he's not in bed. I've snuck in a few times to see if he's sucking his thumb all night, and he isn't, so that's why I'm not concerned.

Nessa - posted on 10/20/2009

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Bonnie, I don't mean to be negative but we are talking about thumb sucking not rocket science. I don't know many adult thumb suckers and what was described was a child who is 3! If at 5 this child is walking around with a thumb in the mouth I might get concerned but at this point it isn't a big deal! MOST kids really only rely on the thumb when they are sleeping or focused on something. I agree that during the day if the thumb is in the mouth it is best to mention it and redirect the childs attention... other then that, generally it will stop on it's own.



I'm a firm believer that we as parents fall into Dr & Dentist traps.... What ever happened to allowing kids to be kids? Like I said, with my first son I followed EVERY direction/suggestion given to me to a T and although very successful his childhood was stressful as I didn't want to do anything wrong.... with my 2nd, my husband and I relaxed and enjoyed his "little years" a ton! I don't see that a 3 year old sucking their thumb as a big deal.... maybe I'm wrong but if I'm wrong I'm a successful mom of 2 thumb suckers who both have amazing teeth!

Mary Ann - posted on 10/19/2009

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My daughter sucked her thumb for years and wanted to quit. We tried everything thing but nothing worked. Getting her a bridge was the best thing we could have done for her. I was also a thumb sucker and cried after she had it put on. She on the other hand was a trooper and handled it better than I could have dreamed. They normally leave the bridge in your childs mouth for a year but he removed hers after six months because she did so well. She never sucked her thumb again. Sometimes our fears are much bigger than the issue.

Amie - posted on 10/18/2009

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The best thing to do is not to allow them to suck their thumb at all. I know my son was sucking his thumb in utero, so I don't know if that works for those super determined kids.

But as I have 3 kids, and only one sucked his thumb--I know how the other ones didn't suck their thumbs. We gave them a binky. My first one had a binky for 4 months, and then sucked on his bottle, and getting rid of that was a 3 day nightmare.

The second one--I had read that if they are sucking their thumbs --encourage it--so I did---BIG mistake. He is a teenager, has been in braces since 2003.

And then the 3rd one, was drinking from a cup when she was one--out of a straw--and when she was 3--the dog chewed up her binky. The best thing that ever happened--and another 3 day nightmare.

Gloves didn't work, and neither did hot sauce for the thumbsucking kid--whatever you can do to get it to stop as soon as possible is what you should do!! Some kids may stop on their own, but the longer they do it--the more they rely on it to comfort themselves. And the earlier you do it, the less likely that they will remember it when they get older. Same with shots.

Haley - posted on 10/18/2009

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Tho i havent delt with it yet.. my husband sucked his until he was 8 years old.. to old i agree but still yet he had no problems in life... but if you really want her to stop... tell her that you will give her something so she wont suck her thumb no more or it could be she is shy and she it is her comfort... find something esle to put her in a comfort... she will come around but you have to work with her

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Do not listen to Nessa! The longer you wait the harder it will be to get that thumb out of the childs mouth. They now make real nasty tasting stuff that you paint on the thumb then cover with a glove. This worked with my granddaughter after many other failed attempts. But be patient it will take a few months. And if she sneaks one in here and there ignore it. It does harm thier mouths and if anyone tells you otherwise they are simply wrong. Our grandchilds overbite was already very noticable (like buck teeth)The orthodontist told us that by the time your child is 4 there should be no more thumb sucking. Period. You sure don't want your child to go to school sucking her thumb or growing up being an adult thumb sucker. Yes it soothes them but so do many other things. Promise her a special gift if she gives up the thumb. But make her do her part first!

Kate - posted on 10/18/2009

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she is 10 and i tried to get her to peel the skin off an onion with her fingers it worked a while then the following day she asked me to leave the onion in her stew as she kind off liked it now my sweet angel another battle lost with mustard she now puts it on her ham x x

Maria - posted on 10/18/2009

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Yes, I don't recommend you try it unless you're desperate like I was then! lol I tried everything, and my mother-in-law suggested I put tabasco sauce or something really tangy, so I went with something really tangy like lemon juice. He didn't know what real lemon juice was back then at 15 mos old, so I did, and every time he tried, I brought out the lemon juice. He didn't like that, and it took awhile for him to associate thumbsucking with the lemon juice, but he finally got it. He stopped thumbsucking.

Kate - posted on 10/18/2009

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my daughter is 10 nearly 11 people told me not to give her a soother it was the sorriest thing i ever did my other 2 girls now 7 and 12 gave up there soothers but aoife cant get the thumb out of her mouth even my scans showed her sucking her thumb we have put mustard, gloves etc to no avail she also rubs her top lip or a piece of her hair when doing this so i would love some help as sucking her thumb on front of people does not fase her at all.

Nessa - posted on 10/18/2009

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Both of my boys were thumb suckers... my youngest even doing so on my ultra sound pictures! NO NEED TO FREAK! Find a different dentist! This is very normal and there is no need to invest in guards etc to stop it. With my first son we did all sorts of things to try and stop it and it didn't help... with our 2nd son we just chilled out and didn't worry about it..... I'm happy to say they both have perfect teeth! My "baby" is 11 now and still sometimes at night I find him with his thumb very close to his face. My point is, you can get rid of a "binky" but not a thumb so it is what it is.



Honestly find a dentist who actually has kids and is realistic! Babies have been sucking thumbs since the beginning of time..... My boys don't need braces but my friends daughter who never sucked her thumb or a binkie has to have them.



While thumb sucking makes a parent worried... fact is... it comforts the child and beyond that, it's normal...... My advice as a mom of a 16 year old and a 11 year old, calm down and worry about serious things as I assure you trying to stop something that is comforting to your baby will not only be stressful but will not give you the benefits you think it will.



Being a mom is hard.... Ya gotta always think of "what is best for your child".... My advice in this situation in short would to be.... enjoy! Won't be long and that thumb will be history but all the cute pictures you can reflect to back to years from now will be pricesless.

User - posted on 10/18/2009

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My oldest daughter sucked her thumb only at night. At her dentist visit when she was 3 he commented on how her upper palet was elongating and that we should get her to stop if we could. I ordered a silicone brace thing from onestepahead.com. It was $80 I think but it was worth it. In less than 2 months she was no longer sucking her thumb. We stopped using it when we ran out of the bracelets and have not seen any regression. Good luck!

Michele - posted on 10/18/2009

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thats odd, cause I have had my daughter to two dentists and they say you have to wait, My daughter only sucks her thumb at night, she is almost five now, I have tried without success but the dentist said there are things that can help at night if I research on the web. If your daughter is a regular thumb sucker, I know you probably arent going to want to, but better for her teeth if you get a orthodontic pacifier, I know I said the same thing, but it will help the damage to the teeth

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A bridge seems a little harsh to me. I sucked my thumb until I was 4 1/2. Yes, I did have braces, but so did my brother and sister and they were not thumb suckers. Do you notice a certain time of day or mood that your child is in when she needs to suck her thumb. Maybe you could have her pick out a soft toy or blanket that she could snuggle with for comfort if that's why she's sucking her thumb. I have an incredible memory and I remember getting ready for kindergarten and just decided I didn't want to suck my thumb anymore. I'm sure she will quit soon.

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