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    Default 2.5 year old thumb sucker

    I really need to get my DS to sop sucking his thumb. I tried that yucky nail polish designed to stop nail biting and he loves it. He goes and gets it for me and asks for 'more'

    He has these terrible blisters from the friction and seems to pick up EVERY germ which I think may get a little better if he wasn't constantly putting his thumb in.

    I tried rewards as well he doesn't seem to understand!!!!

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    Subbing - my dd (4.5) still sucks her thumb. We haven't been too concerned cause she sucks gently so the dentist told us it wasn't so bad, but should still try to stop by 5 - which is fast approaching!

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    I weaned my dd from her thumb around that age. I bought her those character bandaid and we talked about how it would help remind her to stop sucking her thumb. Also bought a pillow pet for cuddling to help distract her. It worked really well. A couple of times she was about to such her thumb but when she saw the bandaid it stopped her. She did take a bit longer to fall asleep though the first night. We kept the bandaid on as a novelty bc she liked them so much but once the pack ran out she didn't need them anymore and didn't revert to sucking her thumb

    Good luck

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    Thanks Jontu - I forgot to mention I also tried that. I brought dinosaur band aids and put them on and he ripped them off in less than 10 minutes. I then tried sports tape and he had it off in 15 minutes....

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    My DD is 3 yrs and 3 months still sucks her thumb nothing can be done to stop her even distractions didn't work. I'm simply just going to wait it out. I sucked mine until 11 just plain embarrassing but it didn't harm my teeth.

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    I guess some things work for some kids and not others. Maybe he will stop on his own or will respond to reward charts when older.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiterallyNoOne View Post
    My DD is 3 yrs and 3 months still sucks her thumb nothing can be done to stop her even distractions didn't work. I'm simply just going to wait it out. I sucked mine until 11 just plain embarrassing but it didn't harm my teeth.
    This was me! Not even my brothers super scary orthodontist could scare me out of the habit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    This was me! Not even my brothers super scary orthodontist could scare me out of the habit.
    What finally did it for me for was when my mum had to treat the whole family because my little sister caught lice at school and I scratched my head because it was burning my scalp and then sucked my thumb I freaked out enough never to do it again lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiterallyNoOne View Post
    My DD is 3 yrs and 3 months still sucks her thumb nothing can be done to stop her even distractions didn't work. I'm simply just going to wait it out. I sucked mine until 11 just plain embarrassing but it didn't harm my teeth.
    One of my brothers sucked his til 8 and his teeth are perfect, but he also thought it was embarrassing! We tried the bandaid thing with dd, but she just took it off at night :-(

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    My eldest boy was still going at 11 >.< Tried everything you can think of and nothing worked. Hopefully you have much more luck


 

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