How to Stop Thumb Sucking
A Product to Help You Stop Thumb Sucking
By: Angel on: Sun 15 of Apr, 2007 [23:13 UTC] (3281 reads)
My son no longer sucks his thumb! My four year old son stopped sucking his thumb last summer (at 3 1/2 yrs) with the help of a product called the ThumbGuard. We have three sons and my youngest was the only one who sucked his thumb and I didn't know what to do.
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The pediatrician said to let it go, but the dentist said he needs to stop. His top front teeth were already bucking out :( He usually would only suck his thumb at night or naptime, but I was noticing the daytime becoming more frequent. His thumb had an odor and scabs from the bottom teeth rubbing the knuckle.
He would tell me "I on't know why I suck my fumb, but I don't like it." We would encourage, but he would always wake up sad even if we told him it was no big deal. So, I bit the bullet and spent the money on the ThumbGuard? listed above.
It was a long road. The product said about 4 weeks, but we found it took about 10 weeks for my son (if you run out of wristbands, try a velcro band from the craft store). The key is that the child WANTS to do this.
Now we almost forget he ever sucked his thumb! I highly recommend it to anyone who wants their child to stop this habit. He was and still is very excited that he doesn't suck his thumb anymore. He feels like a big boy :)