how do i stop my 3 year old from sucking her thumb??

October 1, 2007 4:52pm CST
my daughter who is 3 years old started sucking her thumb a few months ago, she never had a dummy as a baby and never sucked her thumb as a baby so im not sure why she has started now. anyway does anyone have any tips on how to get her to stop before she totally ruins her lovely teeth??
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7 responses
1 Oct 07
chop it off? I had this problem and have no answer. my daughter is now 20 and still sucks her thumb
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1 Oct 07
good advice!!! i keep telling her thats what i will do but doesnt make any difference. looks like im stuck with it then, thanks
• United States
1 Oct 07
my almost 3 year old is doing the same thing, she had a binky from birth and at about 18 months of age we took it away and now lately i catch her sucking her thumbs and sometime her fingers and i dont know why now all of a sudden especially almost a year after losing the pacifer. if you figure it out or how to stop your little one please do share with me and ill do the same for you thanks and goodluck!
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@wiccania (3360)
• United States
1 Oct 07
I had a teacher in 4th grade who bought gloves for anyone who sucked their thumbs or bit their nails in class. As soon as you sat down, you got your gloves and you wore them all day. By the end of the year, those kids were broken of the habits. If you can get her to keep them on, gloves might work. I know there's also a nail biting preventer you can put on her nails that will likely stop her, but I don't remember what it's called. It tastes really nasty, so it makes a person not want their fingers in their mouth.
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• Philippines
2 Oct 07
Thumb sucking means the child is insecure or has anxiety and thumbsucking is their pacifier of their emotion. Make the 3 year old busy playing and he forgets his thumb. But when he is free, he will sure suck his thumb. My grand children after their play would stay in one place and began their thumbsucking. Maybe you put something bitter on his thumbs.
@aowaow (1517)
• Indonesia
2 Oct 07
buy her a dot, meanwhile keep telling him, that he is grown up now, you will be shy if your friend seeing you like that.
• United States
2 Oct 07
i had asked the doctor the same question when my little girl sucked her thumb. her too didnt use a pacifacer.. she has sucked her thumb since she was 6 months old... i have tried all the different ways people have told me and i read in books and magizine and on line of what i shlud do, noithing was satisfiing enough to her to get her to stop. so finally when she was about 4 i started talking to her about school and she got sooo excited, so i kept on her and told her daily everytime i saw her with her thumb in her mouth "big girls go to school, babies suck there thumbs" and after a few months she stopped sucking her thumb... ocacsionally i will go in her room and kiss her in the middle of the night i will see her thumb in her mouth and remove it, but other than that. the whole school thing worked for her.. it just depends on how badly and quickly you want to get her to stop
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
2 Oct 07
Tie a glove or mit on her hand. A wool mitten or just the thumb of a wool mitten will discourage her because it won't feel good in her mouth.