My seven year old still sucks her thumb, any ideas? It seems to be just at home and in the car.

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Sally - posted on 08/13/2009

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just let her do it. its her comforter. she will soon grow out of it. Dont make it an issue.

Carol - posted on 08/13/2009

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I sucked my finger, believe it or not until I was 17 and got a tongue ring, then I couldnt do it anymore.
I wouldnt worry bout it too much, its fairly normal, but it does have a long term effect on their teeth. I know first hand

Laura - posted on 08/13/2009

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My daughters, 7 and 8 at the time both sucked thier thumbs. They had damaged their teeth because of it. They should of stopped before 5 to prevent damage which I didn't know at the time. So they will have to have braces in the future. Their christian orthodontist said he could suggest all these pricey devices but we should try this special shirt first. And it worked. My daughters quit sucking their thumbs in 6 weeks.



Now, you will have to keep your daughter from sucking her thumb during the day but use the special shirt at night when she subconsciencely puts her thumb in her mouth. Use the shirt for at least 6 weeks to form the habit. You can buy the "special shirt" online but they are very pricey. What I did was buy a five dollar long sleeve shirt a couple of sizes bigger than what my daughter wore. Then I hand stitched the ends of the sleeves up so that they could not get to their hands. They never figured out how to get to their thumbs with these shirts. I'll warn you that your daughter won't like the shirt but it works if you really want her to stop. God bless.

Samantha - posted on 08/13/2009

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There is this stuff (not sure what it's called) that you can put on her fingers..(It's along the lines of that stuff that you put on nails to stop nail biting). My Aunt had to do that for my cousin when she was little.

Bryanna - posted on 08/13/2009

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My sister is 24 and still sucks her lip!! YIKES!
When I was about 4 my mum taped a loonie/ quarter to my fingers and if it was still there in the morning I got to keep it and buy a treat, and if it was off in the morning than I didn't get it!

Stephanie - posted on 08/13/2009

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I sucked my tumb to fall asleep at night until I was almost ten but just stopped one day. My parents tried all kind to things to get me to stop but i would always find a way around it within a week or two. Some kids just grow out of it with time.

Aimee - posted on 08/13/2009

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Good question! My 5 year old is starting Kindergarten next month, and I'm trying to get him to drop the habit too. He didn't do it at all until his little brother was born 2 1/2 years ago... and since then the habit has just progressed.

Melissa - posted on 08/13/2009

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My daughter is 7 and does it too! The only time though is AFTER she has gone to sleep. Not to go to sleep or watching tv, just while she is sleeping. I asked the dentist and my doctor and they told me that she will just eventually stop.

Jennifer - posted on 08/13/2009

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You can go to an orthodontist and get your child fitted for a device that is attached behind the upper front teeth. It makes it more difficult/uncomfortable to suck your thumb and may be removed when the habit is broken. Some dentists in your area may also do this. Good luck!

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