What is a good way to stop thumbsucking?

Jennifer - posted on 07/11/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 9 and still sucks her thumb, not all the time, but she needs to stop. What are some good ways to help her?

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Amy - posted on 07/30/2013

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My 7-year-old daughter stopped sucking her thumb when she wanted to wear fingernail polish and I wouldn't let her because I told her it was dangerous if she sucked it off.
Not working with my 9-year-old. He hides under his blanket (even during the summer) and sucks away. We've tried hot sauce; he washed it off and is now more adventurous with spicy foods. A co-worker mentioned that she still sucked her thumb in junior high, and when she got braces they put this spiky things on the back of her teeth and that got her to stop. Going to talk to the dentist about that next time we go in.
My daughters teeth are fine, but my sons are pretty crooked in the front.

Lori - posted on 07/24/2011

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Good question. My daughter is 15 and still does it quite often. It drives me crazy!

Charissa - posted on 07/11/2009

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Carol - what are "tums"? and how do you use it?

I have the same problem with my almost 4 yr old son and I really would like him to stop now! His thumb is getting a nasty calous.

Carol - posted on 07/11/2009

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Try "Tums". You can get them at any pharmacy/drug store. One application did it for my daugther. However, when I was young, I used the whole bottle and still didn't stop. I guess I'm more stubborn than my daughter!

Kirsi - posted on 07/11/2009

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My daughter who is 8 was sucking her thumb quite a bit. For us the answer was those kids make-up kits with washable nail polish, I told her that if she wanted to look pretty she could not suck her thumb anymore because she is a big girl now. We made it a ritual to polish her nails every morning and she stopped sucking her thumb immediately.

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