My 3 yr old son sucks his thumb he started before he was 6months and hasn't stopped. I asked his pediatric dentist and she said that rather than make a big deal about forcing him to quit, that it is better to praise him when I notice that he is not sucking his thumb. She also said that it isn't a big deal until they are at least 5 or so and that most kids stop on there own when they are ready. My mom put gloves with the fingers cut off, just the thumbs left, on my sister to help her quit, but my sister was older and wanted to quit (she was at the age where she was getting picked on for it). The gloves were just there to remind her when she put her thumb in her mouth.
at 11:19 PM on Oct. 9, 2008