Suggestions on how to stop thumb sucking?

Iris - posted on 06/27/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




I cant stop my 3 year old son in sucking his thumb, i tried everything i can think of. Any suggestions?


Tameka - posted on 06/28/2009




The other 2 replies are valid. However, as the parent, if u have made a decision to try to stop thumb sucking here is what I suggest: Determine what times of day your child is thumb sucking the most and if its during the day, try to distract him with a toy or activity. If he thumb sucks at night, explain to him what u are trying to do so he can make an effort to stop on his own. Offer rewards of stickers, jello or what ever small treat is acceptable. Buy a nice pair of mittens- let him help u pick them out. Tell him that he is going to wear the mittens while he sleeps. And if he sleeps the whole night without taking them off. Reward him.

Good Luck


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Kimberly - posted on 06/29/2009




I know someone who bought jammies a couple sizes to big and sewed up the sleeves so that she couldn't get her thumb in her mouth to suck.

Lindsay - posted on 06/28/2009




My daughter sucked her fingers and we used "Mavala Stop" and it worked like a charm. It was made for nail biters and after she stuck her fingers in her mouth the first time it never happened again. The first few days she would ask me if they still tasted bad but wouldn't even try. That was a few months ago and even after we quit applying it she never tried to go back. Good luck!

Shannon - posted on 06/28/2009




I had this problem with one of my kiddies and what I did was bought a bottle of 'stop 'n' grow' which is made to stop children from biting their fingernails... when my littlin was asleep I put some on both her thumbnails and when she later went to suck her thumb it tasted terrible! I only needed to reapply a few times and it had totally broken the habit. I think Sally Hansen also makes a similar product. Best of luck!

Tina - posted on 06/28/2009




My daughter sucks her thumb. I feel it is so important not to make an issue of it to them. Every-one around her seems to feel it's their right to comment on it to her. At the moment it's her comfort. No worse than other kids with blankies or dummies. He won't be sucking it when he is 30 so let it be.

Lynlee - posted on 06/27/2009




I wouldn't worry about it yet. Once he goes to school and gets teased about it by the other kids he will soon stop. I sucked my thumb until I was 9 and I just decided one day to stop - it didn't ruin my teeth either!

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