Four year old that still sucks his thumb?

Michelle - posted on 07/08/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I've heard of several things to try to stop thumb sucking, but does anything really work? I read that you souldnt make a big deal of it, but my son will be five in Ocotober! I havn't tried anything yet because from what I have seen from other children nothing works.

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Iridescent - posted on 07/09/2010

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We used Thumbguards on our girls when they turned 3 this spring. It worked pretty well - one is quite determined and we only bought 1 set and did 1 child at a time, so they still suck them occasionally because of the jealousy thing, but life goes on. Now taping socks on their hands if they suck their thumbs at night is enough deterrent, whereas before that wouldn't have stopped anything.

Sally - posted on 07/09/2010

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Hi Micheile,
I'm not so sure I'm the right one to give advice beings I sucked mine till I was 15 but when I got to big they said if u want to suck ur thumb go do it in ur room, maybe try that, I was like 9 when they started telling me that though which was WAY to OLD!!!! Good Luck, Sally

Nicola - posted on 07/09/2010

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Good luck with that, my sister was a thumb sucker and carried on until she was about 22! She only stopped because in the job she was doing, she could never be sure if something nasty had got under her fingernails... My mum tried all the chemical stuff, but nothing worked!

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My daughter was a thumb sucker and none of the remedies worked on her. At 6 she was fitted with an orthodontic plate to correct a cross-bite and they added a small grid to the plate to stop the thumb sucking. She is still wearing the plate full time so I'm not sure if she has been cured of the habit.
It wouldn't hurt to try some of the remedies though, as all children react to things differently. Good luck ;-)

Teckla - posted on 07/08/2010

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My daughter is 3 and she till uses her paci at nap times and very stessful times, She recenlty had her first teeth cleaning and the dentist said that her teeth look great but with the paci pushing them out she will need braces! YIKES! Her dad and I grimaced at this thought and both know that we need to take it away for good, but it seems impossible. Let me know if you figure something out.

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