how to get my 11 year old to stop sucking his finger

ERICA - posted on 06/14/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My son is 11 yrs old. He started sucking his finger at the age 2. I'm trying to get him to stop and dont no what to do. he plays outside and doesnt wash his hands. basicallly he does anything and still puts his finger in his mouth. It's starting to be emberissing to be with him with his finger in his mouth. So please any ideas on how to get this to stop. Thanks

Erica Hare

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Michelle - posted on 06/14/2012

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My cousin has always been a finger sucker. My Aunt found the only thing that stopped him was putting band aids on the fingers he sucked. It would work while the band aids were on but as soon as they were off he went back to it. He's now 19 and still does it. He has also worn the enamel down on his front teeth.

I know there are also nail biting stoppers that taste horrible the you can paint on the nails. I think you can get them in the pharmacy.

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