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Any tips to get my son to stop thumbsucking before kindergarten starts?

I've tried a lot: nail polish, rewards, band aids etc. Any suggestions that have worked for you?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:57 AM on Aug. 14, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • I hear hot sauce helps.
    my grandmother told me about that lol

    Answer by kittenripmaygo at 2:59 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • ive tried the nail polish, hot sauce, lemon etc etc. the only thing that helps even a little is gettig apermanet marker and drawing little smiley faces on his thumbs. he loves them! i told him if he sucks them they will come off. they need to be redrawn from washing hands and all, but this has helped us. Were still working on it though

    Answer by Mesha125 at 3:08 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • I'm sorry to hear that! I sucked my thumb until just before kindergarten... my parents bribed me! I wanted my ears peirced and the deal was as soon as I stopped sucking my thumb I could have them peirced! Maybe do something like that... give something he would love to have! I haven't sucked my thumb since. GL!!!

    Answer by 07lilmama1108 at 3:53 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • i've never had a thumbsucker. i can't imagine.
    my girlfriend put ace bandages on her kids' elbows for intermittent hours throughout the day. so they couldn't bend the arms. weird. strangest thing i ever saw. but it worked.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:59 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • The more attention you give the harder it will be for you to him to stop. He may get picked on in school for it and most likely he will stop then.

    Answer by justgrape723 at 10:57 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • Ignore it! He will stop when he is ready. He will not be teased at school because he probably won't do it at school. The more you bring it up, the more he will suck his thumb. Have you ever seen a kid walking across the stage to get his high school diploma sucking his thumb? NO!!!! Just let it go. Don't use hot sauce (either he will learn to like it or it will rip his throat and stomach apart).

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 11:57 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • I have seen a full grown woman with 7 kids sucking her thumb. School pressure doesn't always stop it.


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:00 PM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • Have you tried something like this?

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 12:00 PM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • I have a thumbsucker age 5. He only does it when he has his bear stays in bed when we go anywhere or do anything. Also, it's a tired thing...usually. I think he'll just grow out of it.

    Answer by clhadley at 12:01 PM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • I sucked my finger till i was 7. my mom tried everything... hot sauce didnt i liked it. She lastly put bandaids on my thumbs, and i couldnt get them off. thats wat made me stop.

    Answer by ladiesfirst at 12:09 PM on Aug. 14, 2009

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