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Old 09-16-2009, 08:31 PM
 
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Both my son and daughter suck their thumb and it drives me nuts !!!!!! Both have been thumb-suckers from day 1 - I even have an ultrasound pic of my daughter.....sucking her thumb. Pacifiers never worked either. My daughter was 3mth premature and spent 2mths in the hospital...Nurses even tried to get her to use a pacifier instead....no go....spit it across the room every time. Any suggestions ???
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Denver 'burbs
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You used to be able to purchase some nasty tasting stuff to paint on their thumb....you could probably think of something that is in your pantry....
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:14 PM
 
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I didn't see their ages, but there are lots of different things they sell over the counter to put on the nail to make it taste horrible. If they're babies that won't work.

Good luck!
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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How old are they and do they use anything (like a blanket) along with the thumb sucking?
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Old 09-16-2009, 09:19 PM
 
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My son is 4 and I'm shameful to admit that my daughter is 9 - her thumb sucking is not as bad now, mostly and night and in the a.m. when she's sleepy. I tried that bad tasting nail polish when she was younger and sucked her thumb all the time. She eventully figured out that if she sucked it long enough eventually the bad taste went away/wore off And no they refuse anything but the thumbs.

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Old 09-17-2009, 07:41 AM
 
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My daughter stopped the day she sucked on it so hard it split open and started bleeding.

I wouldn't fret about it. They will stop in their own time. If nothing else, peer pressure at school will probably take care of it.
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Old 09-17-2009, 01:11 PM
 
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Both my son and daughter suck their thumb and it drives me nuts !!!!!! Both have been thumb-suckers from day 1 - I even have an ultrasound pic of my daughter.....sucking her thumb. Pacifiers never worked either. My daughter was 3mth premature and spent 2mths in the hospital...Nurses even tried to get her to use a pacifier instead....no go....spit it across the room every time. Any suggestions ???
My daughter was a thumbsucker and I expressed concern with her Pediatric Dentist and Ill share his advice. When our daughter was 4 he suggested we take her to the store and have her pick out band aids that she liked. Each morning we would put a band aid on each thumb (because in a pinch she would suck the alternate thumb) and each day she came home with both band aids still on she got a sticker on a chart. After a few days, shed get a treat. Then it got to the point where we would extend the number of days to a treat and finally the band aids were no longer needed.
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Old 09-17-2009, 01:32 PM
 
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Old 09-18-2009, 08:14 AM
 
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My daughter stopped the day she sucked on it so hard it split open and started bleeding.

I wouldn't fret about it. They will stop in their own time. If nothing else, peer pressure at school will probably take care of it.
Agreed .... do you know many 16 year olds who suck their thumbs? Let nature take its course and they will stop of their own accord.
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Old 09-18-2009, 09:49 AM
 
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they also make retainers that have a bump in them that make it uncomfortable for the child to suck his/her thumb.
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