Thumb sucking...

Tabitha - posted on 07/01/2015 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 3 year old son won't stop sucking his thumb, I've tried the thum medicine that is bitter tasting you can buy from the store to stop you from sucking your thumb, he liked the taste of it... I've tried hot sauce he made a face but continued to suck his thumb, I've tried showing him pictures of what thumb sucking can do to your teeth, I've tried showing him his things and how flat and pruny they look compared to the other fingers after sucking on them, I've even tried sticking jalapeño peppers on his thumbs it doesn't fase him. Anyone have any ideas to get him to stop sucking his thumb?

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Tabitha - posted on 07/02/2015

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So far they have enjoyed making the marks :) I let them decide on what to make, they wanted dinosaurs, pizza, cookies, & ice cream Lol I let all 3 of them help. Even my youngest son he's 1yr 6 months he helped scribble/color :) *Fingers crossed*

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I am a mother of five and had the same problem with my two youngest daughters. The biggest thing you have to remember is that it is a habit. In order to break a habit you have to distract them and stop them every time you see it. You can reward them with something like a lolly pop or an ice cream bar that is similar to sucking on a thumb at the end of the day if they have not been sucking their thumb. I liked using a three strike policy with a board. You want to use a visual board with marks which can be a cut out of a piece paper or cloth in the shape of candy, ice cream, lolly pops, or what ever you decide to give them (if the kids work on the marks themselves and add color it makes them care more), this is so they can visually see their candy slipping away from them if they suck their thumb. If you catch them sucking their thumb, or see signs that they have been sucking their thumb (saliva, pruning, ect) take away a mark. Tell them that they are not aloud to do that in a firm but caring voice, and that you are going to take away a mark. Then, have a set time (like after dinner) that you will give them their treat, the more marks they have, the better or bigger candy they get, no marks=no treat. You can add your own twists, but the most important part is that this is enforced and that you follow through, do not let them convince you to not take a mark, tell them that if they want to keep their marks, they have to stop sucking their thumb.

Let me know if this works out for you, I would love to hear how it works out for you and I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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