I have a 10 year old that will not quit sucking her thumb any ideas on how to get her to stop?


Kelli - posted on 10/28/2009




im currently expecting my 1st. However i work in a daycare where ther was a little girl who would constantly suck her thumb. she was in 1st grade and would get upet whenever one of the other kids would make fuyn of her. Her mom put something on her thumb over the weekend to give it a try and it worked! she hasnt sucked her thumb since.

You can try nail bitting/thumb sucking ointment( go to http://www.folica.com/ and in the search type in "MAVALA STOP") or if that doesnt work you could also try wrapping the thumb up or getting a thumb guard. hope that helps!

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Ashley - posted on 03/06/2012




My son is 10 years old and sucked his thumb for a long time. We put the stuff on his nail for the biting and all it did was make him move onto his pinky. He has now sucked his pinky for 6 yrs. he does it everywhere. School, home, football he doesn't care at all. He does have ADHD and he says it helps him focus. His teeth don't seem to be suffering from it however I am afraid kids arnt going to be so nice if it continues for much longer. He is a master as playing Xbox while sucking his pinky.... Ive talked to his Dr and he just said to not worry about it and he would stop in time. I've never seen anything like it. Good luck with your daughter.

Tami - posted on 11/01/2009




Why would you want to stop her at 10 months??? My advice, don't try, she is a baby, you won't be able to stop her

Sally - posted on 11/01/2009




Hi my name is Sally and I'm a thumbaholic.

I sucked my thumb until I was twelve, totally forgot about it until I read this, but thinking back it was a huge issue for a long time. My thumbsucking never ruined my teeth (I did that fine on my own later) but it eventually was hurting my thumb! In preschool they tried dipping my thumb in pepper but I had a friend that liked pepper....hindsight is 20-20 a sink would have done the trick too. I had alot of emotional issues and it was very comforting to me, plus I didn't feel as though I had any control over anything and it was something no one could take away, it was like an old friend, no one could stop me. You may want to check in with your child to see if maybe there's not something like that going on, doesn't create the problem but sure does feed into it.

How I stopped, quite frankly I just stopped, I made a concientious decision that I was tired of sucking my thumb and I was really hurting myself! There would be gouges (not that dramamtic but for lack of a better word) in my thumb where my bottom teeth would rest when doing it and sheer will power is how I quit.

I would talk to her, more than anything ask her what she thinks, does she want to stop? Kids are little people, none of us would stop doing something unless it was something we wanted to do, I'd say 10 is old enough for that. If she wants to stop but hasn't had much practice at will power, I would maybe look up tools (the internet is a beautiful thing) to increase will power, little tests to bolster her esteem and work her way up to giving up the thumb. Encourage her like crazy and maybe it'll happen. Good luck!!!

Savanna - posted on 11/01/2009




I work @ a pediatric dentist. For Children her age we make appliances that help them stop sucking their thumbs. Its placed in the roof of their mouth and doesn't allow them to suck their thumb. In the future braces will prob be your best help!

Sharon - posted on 11/01/2009




If she only does it at night - what about a hand brace that wraps the thumb?

I had to have one of those and omg is it ever awkward. It doesn't leave much of the thumb exposed, I imagine it'd be hard as heck to suck on it that way too. Or a simple thumb/finger splint..

Theresa - posted on 11/01/2009




Thanks all for the comments I have tried the yucky/hot stuff you put on the thumb and she stills puts in her mouth at some point in the night. I know braces are in the near future for her.

Krystal - posted on 10/28/2009




put some of that awful tasting nail polish on that u can get for nail biters..maybe teh bad taste will make her stop..or u could dip her thumbs in tobasco sauce or wasabi

Latasha - posted on 10/28/2009




i don't know if it will stop my brother just turned 17 and he will not stop sucking his thumb! He just does it least in public but when he is bored he always has it in his mouth. Maybe you could just keep her very busy and she will not think about it.Also i meet this man who is 45 and he still sucks his thumb and i thought my 17 year old brother was bad but this man is worse. Thumb sucker will eventually grow out of it when they have something dramatic happen in their life like having kids or going to high school or maybe getting a mate so don't rush just tell her if she wants 002 look like a bunny keep sucking it.

Brittany - posted on 10/28/2009




i sucked my thumb until i was 10. by that age i had a gap so big between my front 2 teeth that i could fit my pinky finger in it. my parents tried EVERYTHING to get me to stop. it finally took me getting braces to stop...and my husband says i still make a sucking noise at night. lol. if she is just doing it while she is asleep there is not a whole lot you can do. just make sure she gets regular dental check ups.

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