Thumb Sucking

Danielle - posted on 04/20/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I have a three yr old lil girl who has sucked her thumb since she was born. Here recently the thumb she sucks has an open sore on the knuckle. No matter what I have tried in the last three years she has not stopped, and she has the sore on there. I can't put meds on it b/c it'll go straight to her mouth. People have told me to use hot sauce to break her but that would burn her thumb so I refuse to do that. Does anyone have any ideas that I could use to break her from this habit?

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Brittany - posted on 04/20/2010

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LoL! I went threw the very same thing with my daughter who is now four. It drove me nuts! So kind of nerdy but here it goes, one day we where watching Finding Nemo and you know the little girl in the movie that has braces? I told my daughter if she doesn't stop sucking her thumb that one day she would have braces and that they would hurt her mouth ( scare tatic! ) and weird thing is that it worked. I took her onto the computer with me and googled braces and showed her all kinds of pictures with people who had braces and once again reminded her that they hurt your mouth. Now when ever I catch her sucking her thumb I jokingly call her brace face and she gives me a funny little look but pops her thumb out of her mouth every time! I know all of the above must sound crazy, but that's what worked for me:) Good Luck:)

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