thumb suckers

Alicia - posted on 10/08/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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my 3 1/2 yo and my 1 1/2 yo suck their thumbs. any ideas on how to get them to stop. i am more worried about the 3 yo cuz he's in preschool now and i think that 3 is too old. thanks

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Alicia - posted on 10/08/2009

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we tried pulling their thumbs out when we see them and the only thing it accomplished was them screaming!!! haha we also don't let them talk around their thumbs but nothing is working

Brandy - posted on 10/08/2009

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I think they have this stuff that you paint on like nail polish that tastes nasty but is safe and not as cruel as hot sauce or anything like that. The big problem with it is that it is really bad for the growth of their teeth and can really make your child need braces later on in life. As for the 1 and a half year old, we have a thumbsucker and as soon as she turned 1, we would just pull it out of her mouth any time we saw her walking around the house with it and after a week or so she stopped doing it and she is 17 months now and just sucks her thumb for about 5 minutes after her bottle to fall asleep. Good luck!

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