how do i get my 3 yr old to stop sucking his finger?

Patrice - posted on 12/13/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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i've tried vinegar, hot sauce and other yuckie food substance that i thought he wouldnt like ..turns out he was a fan of all it ...i need help..the roof of his mouth is starting become deformed ( like the shape of his thumb)..im desperate!!!NEED SOMETHING SURE FIRE!!!

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Janet - posted on 12/13/2009

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I also tried everything like you! Finally when my daughter was 5 I took her to the dentist and he put in this appliance. The appliance was attached to her top back teeth, and was a small metal wire that had a plastic roller in the middle. You couldn't see it, it didn't bother her, but the thing is she couldn't get a seal with her fingers while they were in her mouth. The appliance stayed in for 3 months, and she has never sucked her fingers again (Instead of her thumb she sucked her two middle fingers). It was also partially covered by my benefits.

-I have heard of people trying mittens, but it is very hard to break this habit.

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Rebecca Lynn - posted on 12/13/2009

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When you find out let me know my Son will be 5 in Feb and still sucks his two middle fingers. And yep have tried everything you ahve and more with the result that even though he hates the punishment he still does it and even does it at school and ended up bringing pin worms home from school and infecting the whole family because his fingers are always in his mouth.

Patrice - posted on 12/13/2009

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Quoting Janet:

I also tried everything like you! Finally when my daughter was 5 I took her to the dentist and he put in this appliance. The appliance was attached to her top back teeth, and was a small metal wire that had a plastic roller in the middle. You couldn't see it, it didn't bother her, but the thing is she couldn't get a seal with her fingers while they were in her mouth. The appliance stayed in for 3 months, and she has never sucked her fingers again (Instead of her thumb she sucked her two middle fingers). It was also partially covered by my benefits.
-I have heard of people trying mittens, but it is very hard to break this habit.



Oh wow..was it expensive and do you know the name of the device?

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