How do you get them to stop sucking their thumb?

Christy - posted on 01/21/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My six year old sucks when she is tired or sleeping, and my four year old sucks her thumb all the time. Any fun suggestions on how to get them to stop?

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Brenda - posted on 01/21/2009

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I haven’t tried this product, luckily my daughter isn't a thumb sucker, but I have heard that it is helpful. It’s called the Thumb Guard and is basically a plastic version of the thumb sock Charlene is talking about. It straps to the wrist and has a plastic part that fits around the thumb (they also make one for finger suckers). This would eliminate your worry about swallowing the gauze at night, Christy! The Thumb Guard is a bit expensive, but I'm just throwing another suggestion out there! I’m sure you can comparison shop on Amazon or Ebay if you were really interested in getting one. Good luck with helping her kick the habit!  http://www.onestepahead.com/catalog/prod...



 

Tammy - posted on 01/21/2009

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hi there...my 3 year old was sucking his thumb all the time....I tried everything I could think of and nothing worked.....finally he had sucked it so much the skin was all raw and we had to put a bandaid on it.....he couldn't suck it while it was bandaged and got out of the habit......I went out and bought fun bandaids and we just kept it covered for about a week or two and that was it......he doesn't suck his thumb anymore....hope it helps

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Gail - posted on 12/10/2011

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I know adults (females) in their thirties that still suck there thumb so I don't know there is any real hope I have 2 daughters the older one sucks her thumb but not the little one

Melissa - posted on 08/07/2011

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I know this sounds strange but I got it off another circle of mums post. Someone suggested that if there was a callous on the thumb tell the child that a thorn would grow out of it if they continued to suck it. So I tried it with my nearly 5 year old and he had stopped within two days!

Lesley - posted on 01/21/2009

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I have a niece who is 13 and still sucks her thumb at night. Her poor mother tried everything - magic gloves, tobasco sauce, those aweful tasting remedies...nothing worked and now she will require dental work. I understand that all people have a need for comfort, but what else can we do? I have an 11 month old who sucks her thumb. My dentist says its not a reason for concern until we start seeing adult teeth. Tobasco doesn't work. I've tried gloves and she sucks over them or screams non-stop. What do I do?

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We did the thumbnail paint for my daughter. She sucked her thumb until she was 4. We wanted her to stop before going into Kindergarten. It took a couple of weeks, but she did finally stop. Just be patient and persistant!

Christy - posted on 01/21/2009

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I have tried the gauze and band-aid during the day and it does seem to work, but my husband is scared she will swallow it during sleep. I remember the "thum" stuff from when I was a kid, and it didn't phase me; I just got used to the taste. :)

Lisa - posted on 01/21/2009

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My son sucked his thumb at night and when he was tired and always huged his bear to go to sleep. The bear went on vacation and was substituted with another stuffed animal and the thumb sucking stopped that night. The bear was on "vacation" for 3 months and when he returned, the pattern had been broken. During or just about that time, my son broke his wrist and his arm was in a cast but the thumb was still exposed.

Beccy - posted on 01/21/2009

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My 3 yr old still sucks her thumb, and we've tried different things. I have the "thum" stuff, but it smells like finger nail polish remover, and contains stuff that could be deadly.... Do I really want that in her mouth?? The dentist says she needs to stop, but just isn't interested!! I wish there was a "perfect answer!!"

Sand - posted on 01/21/2009

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At the age of 9 the dentist referred my w 19 yr old son to an orthodondist becasue of a slight over-bite. He was sucking his thumb b4 he even breast fed (lol).  When my son saw the grid that was to be placed in his mouth to stop him from sucking the tooth, decided there and then he did not want that "grater" in his mouth.  He was a comfort sucker, while watching TV, reading or going to sleep.  That night, he came to me with a sock to put on hand.  He never sucked his thumb again. 



Sometimes they do grow out of it, but sometimes they need a little persuasion.



 

Sandra - posted on 01/21/2009

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My little boy sucked his thumb untill he was 9 (blackmail worked I'm sorry to admit)and my little girl who's 8 still sucks hers, I blame breast feeding !!!

Anna - posted on 01/21/2009

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I have an awesome pediatrician for my kids and when my youngest wouldn't stop sucking her thumb, the Dr. said. "Oh, no...look at the bump on this thumb. We need to give it a rest. Let's put a bandaid on it and this week you can suck this finger instead. Then , the next week you can suck this next finger..." and so on. Well, that was that! I think she tried to suck her other finger for a day or two but it just wasn't as satisfying. Good luck. All YOU need to do is keep a cute bandaid on her thumb!

Connie - posted on 01/21/2009

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My twins stopped at about the age of 6 when teeth started to fall out and new come in, they have to do it on there own.  I found nothing changed them that was there way of comforting themselves and soothing for them. I understand!

Ann - posted on 01/21/2009

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I agree, as they get older they tend to suck only when tired or to fall asleep at bed time....



When welayed down with our daughter to get her to sleep when she was really little, she would suck her fingers and twirl our ears (she told us she preferred cold ears).  



When she was about 8, I noticed that she tried really hard not to suck her fingers in front of other kids because she was embarrassed by it but she needed that sucking to soothe her. 

Michele - posted on 01/21/2009

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My 8 year old still sucks his. The "thumb" stuff that you can paint on their fingernails really didn't work for us. He would rather suck his thumb with cayanne than do without it. He only does it when he's tired or at bedtime. If he thinks a friend is watching, he doesn't do it. I know they make a thumb guard, but the dentist says we are not there yet.

Ann - posted on 01/21/2009

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The orthodontist fixxed my daughters sucking on her fingers...



She would suck two fingers and twirl her ear till she was 9 (she would have dry skin all around the two fingers in the winter).  Her teeth weren't bad but I was concerned about the new teeth becoming buck so I took her to the orthodontist and he made her a palate spreader.  Once she got the palate spreader she stopped sucking her fingers and started sucking on the palate spreader in her mouth. (She broke numerous ones over the 2 years she wore it)



When I think back, it was rather cute to see her suck and twirl.

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Hi,

My mother-in-law has been making thumb or finger socks for the kids in the family if they suck their thumbs or fingers. She knitted them to fit. If you don't knit, I'm sure any material will work. You can purchase a material with their favorite character on it to make it a little more fun. As soon as you notice that she's getting tired, see if she'll put it on her thumb. I'ts definitely worth a try. :) Good luck! Char

Amanda - posted on 01/21/2009

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Quoting Tammy:



hi there...my 3 year old was sucking his thumb all the time....I tried everything I could think of and nothing worked.....finally he had sucked it so much the skin was all raw and we had to put a bandaid on it.....he couldn't suck it while it was bandaged and got out of the habit......I went out and bought fun bandaids and we just kept it covered for about a week or two and that was it......he doesn't suck his thumb anymore....hope it helps






my now 5 yr old girl used to suck her thumb at night when she slept. she was about 3 yrs old when her thumb got all blistered and bumby and raw too. we took her in to the doc and he said it was because of the sucking, so we told her no more thumb and had to wrap it in dry gauze at night, then she says well i can suck the other one!! so we bandaged that one too!! she had to learn to sleep with out the thumb in the mouth, and in a week of wrapping both thumbs she finally broke the habit. no more thumb ever since, plus i think the rash really scared her too. Good luck!

Gabrielle - posted on 01/21/2009

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We tell our 29-month-old that if she's sucking her thumb it must be bedtime, and we put her in her bed. We also take away things (turn off the tv) if she won't stop sucking. We tell her that she's a big girl, and if she needs something, she should just tell us. You have to be persistent and consistent. Your 6 yr old could start messing up her teeth. We did tried some paint-on stuff called Thum that's supposed to taste really bad when the thumb goes in the mouth, but it didn't faze my DD. I've heard other people have had good luck with Tabasco sauce.

Vikki - posted on 01/21/2009

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bless ya !  when she does stop take her to a good dentist youve got a good smile

Christy - posted on 01/21/2009

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I just am worried because I sucked mine until I was 13 and my teeth still stick out a little.

Vikki - posted on 01/21/2009

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my girls are 8 and still suck there thumbs ive spokec to alot of mums and theres no real quick fixs they just grow out of it like teddies and blankies just try not to make a dramma out of it .

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