How do you stop a kid from sucking there thumb

Tammy - posted on 03/29/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )




I want to get her from using her NUK but she still sucks her thumb and i dont know how to get her to stop because my first kid was easy i just took the the NUK away and that was it he was finebut my daughter is harder.


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Kheytz - posted on 06/28/2010




thanks miss gupta.. i would like to try that trick but i dont think that herbal medicine can be easily found in the country where i live.. any more substitute you may know??

Pooja - posted on 04/15/2010




Try dissolving a pinch of Asefoetida in 3-4 spoons of water and dip her thumb in that. Now when she'll put her thumb in her mouth she won't like the taste and smell of Asefoetida and it is a herbal medicine for helping digestion, so whatever amount she consumes would be helping her out only. This is an age old trick used in India. I too did this with my kid when he was as small as 6 months, he never his fingers back in his mouth again..

Kheytz - posted on 04/15/2010




hi there.. i got the same problem and been wondering how to stop a child from thumbsucking-- the effective way.. a have a 15 months old daughter and she got so used to sucking her thumb whenever she's hungry, bored, tired, sleepy and while falling herself to sleep. this habit started while she was just about 4 months old. didnt get her to use pacifier in the early months thats why maybe she got used to using her thumb instead..

im worried if this habit would be carried along on the later years as she grows up.. wanted this to stop but i dont think she would understand just yet. any more advice?

Miley - posted on 04/01/2010




wean she dose it take her hand and tap it and tell her no or time outor give her a passfire ok

Deirdre - posted on 04/01/2010




Depending on your child's age you could promise a reward that they would LOVE once they stop sucking their thumb. My siblings and I were up in age when we stopped; I believe we were: 12, 10(me), 9, and 7 when we all stopped. What motivated us to stop was that my mother promised that once we all stopped we'd receive a trip to Chuck E Cheese's; Once we all quit we receive our reward. It was great - there was no pressure from her for us to quit we just knew the reward we were working toward - and we were able to let go of a bad habit and receive a reward for it. I hope that helps.

Morgan - posted on 03/30/2010




heres some Info I found :)

I hope it helps

Don't nag at your child to stop. Nagging makes him or her feel guilty and insecure, which in turn can increase thumb sucking instead of decrease it. Don't ignore it either, but be careful how you talk to your child about the subject.

Figure out why your child is sucking his or her thumb. Does he do it when he is nervous? Scared? Angry? Bored? Help your child to name and explain these emotions so he too knows when it is he starts sucking his thumb. This will make it easier for him to stop himself before he even starts. Don't give your child a replacement for thumb sucking, such as a blanket or stuffed animal. Your child may either begun sucking on the item or be unable to part with it. It's not a good idea to replace one bad habit with another one.

Sit down and talk with your child. Let your child know why it is important for the thumb sucking to stop. Explain that it will damage his or her teeth and that other kids might tease him or her about it. Give him or her a reason to want to quit. Ask him or her what it is they would like you to do to help them quit. But remember, ultimately it is up to your child to break the sucking the thumb habit. You can not do it for him or her although you can offer plenty of support. Don't pressure your child to quit during a high stress time of his or her life. If it's a busy holiday season or if other things have been going on that effect your child such as a death or divorce, hold off for a more calm, peaceful time.

Pick a deadline. Have your child help you pick this date, don't force one upon him, but also don't let him or her pick one that is 3 years away!

Reward when your child does well. Set up a system. Maybe you want to keep track of days or hours the child goes without sticking his or her thumb in his or her mouth. Maybe you want to set up a system that deals with the child recognizing his or her feelings and reward for every time the child comes to you and says, "I feel ______, but I didn't suck my thumb". Reward anyway you like but it's important to remember to be consistent.

Habits are hard to break whether you are a child or an adult. Perhaps you have a habit you could work on breaking the same time your child is. This gives both of you support, but don't make it conditional. Lots of words of encourage, hugs and a ton of love can go a long way to help your child break the thumb sucking habit.

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