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    my son sucked his thumb for his first year. found his thumb at 6 weeks and that was it. when he was about 1 we just said you're too big to suck your thumb now, and he stopped. my daughter, on the other hand, she started sucking two fingers on one hand from quite a young age. only two months or so. after she turned one , we began trying to stop her. nothing worked, she wouldn't suck her other hand only the left. I would think that even if we tied her hands behind her back she would have found a way to get her hand into her mouth. she continued past her starting school. I think she might have been 7 when she stopped, but the damage was done by then. her hand is quite deformed. she cant straighten her fingers, she cant lay her hand flat on a table. her hand looks like she has bad arthritis. she can use her hand 100% but it is not the same as her other hand. marie.

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    I sucked my fingers until I was 11 - had to have braces etc now my DD is sucking the exact same first hers I was so I'm freaking out lol try making them wear gloves cause that isn't a nice feeling in the mouth. Putting the yucky polish stuff on doesn't work cause once you do enough sucks it comes off so it never really bothered me.

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    I was a thumb sucker and needed massive othodotic work. Like PP, I only really stopped when the plates went in and it became physically impossible.

    A friend's DD has been trying to stop and they have just had a device fitted. I don't think they will put these in until a bit later (she is 8). It looks like this



    I don't know if showing your child will scare them or they'll think it's cool. It does mean that there are a lot of foods she cannot eat though - so that could be used as a motivator for now?

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    I sucked my thumb at night right up to the day I got married. Something in brain just switch off that day and I have not done it since..
    My dd2 my only thumb sucker stop at 9yrs when she got double plates.

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