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How can I get my eight year daughter to stop sucking her thumb?

We have almost tried everything. By putting bad tasteing sauce on her thumb. She will just lick it off. We have tried gloves.she doesn't care she will suck her thumb with the glove on. It is cause for concern now that it is affecting her teeth.Also,it has become a problem at school. The teacher says that she will just suck her thumb and go into her own little world. Any ideas are welcomed. I am desperate.I have tried finger nail polish remover and punishment. my mother said it was cruel b/c she cant help it. I suggested tonight to my daughter that maybe she can chew some sugar free gum. Just so that she will have something in her mouth besides her thumb.But she cant chew gum at school.

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Asked by dbutterfly3233 at 9:59 PM on Mar. 3, 2011 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • I've heard of a polish that goes on like fingernail polish, but tastes revolting. Might not work with such a determined young lady, though!

    Answer by GoodyBrook at 10:05 PM on Mar. 3, 2011

  • Have u tried punishing her for doing it? Maybe take aways something she enjoys doing.

    Answer by L0vingMy3Girls at 10:07 PM on Mar. 3, 2011

  • I have tried that It doesn't even faze her.

    Comment by dbutterfly3233 (original poster) at 10:08 PM on Mar. 3, 2011

  • At this age, I suggest a talk with her pedi.

    Answer by ethans_momma06 at 1:04 PM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • I honestly don't know... I know people who are in their 20s that still suck their thumbs..

    Answer by KTMOM at 12:42 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • YEA thats what I'm afraid of. I cant stand to see grown women sucking their thumb, Or children. So many germs!

    Comment by dbutterfly3233 (original poster) at 1:45 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • Bribe her. What does she want? Mine wanted to paint her fingernails, but I wouldn't let her until she stopped sucking her thumb. I also pointed out how stupid she looks to her friends, sucking her thumb in the third grade. Seriously. Ask her what it will take, and then do it.

    Answer by Pnukey at 8:06 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • Thats so funny you said that b/c she'll let me paint her finger nails,but not he thumb nails!

    Comment by dbutterfly3233 (original poster) at 9:44 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

  • My 8 yr old daughter has the same problem. We have tried all kinds of nasty tasting stuff to put on her thumb and it doesn't bother her. Painting her nails didn't help either, she just sucked off the polish. She cries and says she can't stop and gets her feelings hurt when other kids point out her thumb sucking. It still doesn't get her to stop. We did do fake nails for awhile and those helped until she was able to pop them off

    Answer by DevinSkye at 9:57 PM on Mar. 15, 2011

  • I'd ask her pedi

    Answer by Ashlynnsmommy07 at 11:38 AM on Mar. 17, 2011

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