My six year old refuses to stop sucking her finger. Any advice on how I can get her to stop.

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Dea - posted on 10/11/2012

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tabasco does work for my ak she likes it. so i would like to know about other things that might help.

Gina - posted on 02/03/2009

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I personally sucked my thumb at night till I was around 10, its a comfort thing and a taste. For me it helped, I would of needed braces, sucking my thumb actually corrected my teeth, and once my teeth were straight I automatically quit or just grew out of it. Putting stuff on it prob wont work depending on the age, cause older ones can just wash it off when your not looking. strong sticking bandaids work well. wrapping the hand helps too. I wouldnt put anything acidic etc on a childs fingers or thumb, the chances of them accidently rubbing it in their eyes is just not worth it.

Michele - posted on 01/31/2009

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she is 6. on a scale from birth to 100 she is still a baby...figure of speech.



she isnt causing harm to herself right? she feels secure since she has probably been doing it for a while?



i dont see many adolescents, teens walking around sucking thumbs so chances are she will stop on her own in time....



keep her busy playing and she may forget....get a Wii 

Michele - posted on 01/31/2009

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Yes, let her do it. Leave her alone and ignore that behavior. Its her thing. In time she will stop on her own.



 



Thats it.....=)

Amy - posted on 01/31/2009

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I would suggest taking your child to see an orthodontist. They usually offer a free consult and should show you and your daughter what a habit appliance looks like they are usually placed for about 6-9 months. Maybe by your daughter just seeing this appliance and not wanting it in her mouth she would try to stop with the thumb. Good Luck

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the Thumb guard I referred to also has a guard for finger suckers - you will see it on their site :)

Micki - posted on 01/28/2009

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Quoting Kathleen:



What if we parents owned our fears and worries and stopped projecting them onto our kids? We have been turning thumb sucking into a problem laden with potential trauma. Is it really such a big deal?





Orthodontically, yes. If you don't stop thumb-sucking, pacifiers and/or bottles in the early years while your child's mouth is still growing, you could end up with serious orthodontic problems later. I've seen the consequences first hand in my profession, and I for one would prefer to stop the problem before it becomes a problem.

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Walmart (behind pharmacy counter - you have to ask or have it ordered in) has a product called Thumb, too. You paint it on like clear nail polish. However, I didn't find that it cured the habit.

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Both our kids were suckers - my son until he was between 5 and 6. We used something called Thumb Guard which worked for both our kids. Guaranteed to work. See this link - http://www.thumbguard.com/Thumbguard.htm... it's expensive but worth it!!! it comes with two guards (we were able to save the second one for our second kid and just ordered more wristbands). Email me at jng2gw@gmail.com if you have more specific questions or need more detail as to how we used it or how it works. If you wear it 24 hours a day it's supposed to work in 30 days. For my son since he was older he didn't wear it to school - only just when he got home from school and through the night and on weekends, so it took about 3 months. While using this guard, I also temporarily had to take my son's blanket because it had the comfort smell on there that encouaged the sucking. Let him have it back when we knew the sucking habit was gone. I HIGHLY recommend this -- my kids were HUGE and very addicted thumb suckers!

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What if we parents owned our fears and worries and stopped projecting them onto our kids? We have been turning thumb sucking into a problem laden with potential trauma. Is it really such a big deal?

Heidi - posted on 01/28/2009

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My 8 year old sucked his thumb until he was almost 7 years old. My pediatrician told me to STOP worrying about it. I did, and that's when he stopped. I would go in at night and yank his thumb out, but that was the extent. Though he didn't suck it during the day from about 4 1/2 on, when I bugged him is when he would do it more.

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Bribery!  Find something they want, and tell them they can't have it unless they can go 30 days without sucking their _____ (finger/thumb... whatever habit you're tyring to break).  My daughter was a thumb-sucker until this past summer.  We tried to break her with physical barriers twice without success.  But as they get older, the only thing that is going to stop them is their own will.  Courtney was 8 1/2 when she finally stopped (thankfully she was late to lose baby teeth, so this wasn't so much an issue for us).  But by then, she was only sucking at night because of peers, school, etc.



I'm no expert, just a mom that's been there, and will do that again when daughter #2 is old enough to be bribed.  She's 4 and is just as aggressive a thumb-sucker as her sister was.



BTW - #1 was "bought" with Nintendo DS.  She knew from the beginning that if she "slipped", it would be taken away and she'd have to go 30 days all over again.

Micki - posted on 01/28/2009

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My mother used Tabasco sauce on the fingers. She just dabbed it on my 6 year old little sister's fingers and then wiped it off. (Of course you don't want to just leave the sauce on the fingers because that is not safe.) It left the smell and the tang of the spice, but not the sauce itself so she could not hurt herself by touching her face/eyes. She wouldn't put her hands anywhere near her face because it smelled so bad and after a week of doing that, she no longer tried to suck her fingers anymore. I hear people say that it's cruel, but by 6 years old they pretty much are able to learn that if it stinks and/or tastes bad, not to put it in their mouth again. She would tuck her hands close to her sides and keep them under the covers. The first thing we would find her doing in the morning is washing her little hands! :)

User - posted on 01/28/2009

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I have the same problem with my son who is almost 5, he sucks his thumb, but only at night, which makes it hard for me to make him stop. He sucks it so hard that he has calisus on his thumb. I have taken him to the dentist, they said not to worry about it yet. But I of course I do worry about it. I dont want the huge exspensive dentist bill when he is older. I am wondering the same thing, how do I make him stop. My friends daughter still sucks her thumb and she is 10 and my friends dentist bill is huge, they have to put the spikes in her mouth. So any more help on this would be great for me as well. Thanks moms.

Tara - posted on 01/28/2009

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That is hard to say. It is a comfort thing that they will eventually grow out of. I would suggest replacing the sucking with something to keep her hands busy. Of course that is easy during the day. At night you will have to give in a little I guess. But if you keep up with changing the activity when she does suck on her finger, I think in time she will stop. I don't believe in putting something yucky on their finger to make them stop. There are better alternatives. I have been told to put this pepper oil on their finger and that is just cruel. So just be strong and work with her on it. You will do fine.

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