My son won't stop sucking his thumb/finger! Help!

United States
August 16, 2008 12:23am CST
When I switched my son over from the bottle to a sippy cup he started sucking his thumb. So I tried that nasty tasting stuff on his thumb and he moved on to his finger. He curls it in his mouth so that he is sucking on the middle knuckle (the bad tasting stuff doesn't stick to skin like it does on the nail). He has ugly calluses and it's starting to effect his teeth. Can anyone help me before I have to spend a lot of money on a spikey retainer?
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@nicholejade (2430)
• Canada
16 Aug 08
My brother used to have the same problem. Mind you he never did it with his fingers. It was always his thumbs. My mom put Tabasco sauce on them and that helped. Mind you now he doesn't like tabasco sauce and doesn't care for anything like hot peppers or anything spicy. But in your case it might be worth it then. You have to get him off that habit or it will cost you done the road.
• United States
16 Aug 08
That sounds like an interesting idea, but my son actually LOVES spicy things... But thanks for the idea
• Canada
18 Aug 08
Is there something that he doesn't like? Maybe you can try that?
@patgalca (14664)
• Orangeville, Ontario
16 Aug 08
I think those methods are cruel to a child, and probably not very healthy. My daughter sucked her thumb until she was 11 years old. There was a connection with sucking her thumb and her favourite stuffed animal. I urged her to stop but she didn't want to. Then came a point where she felt like a baby so she put the stuffed animal on the shelf and stopped sucking her thumb. It was her decision and I didn't even know she was doing it. I would never have resorted to putting hot sauce on her thumb! That would just have your kid crying more with nothing to comfort him/her. I would rather her suck her thumb than a pacifier. I've seen kids sucking pacifiers long after they could talk and couldn't talk properly because of it. Thankfully neither one of my daughters took to pacifiers. Find something else to give your son comfort and maybe he will stop sucking his thumb.
• United States
16 Aug 08
Thanks for the idea!
• United States
16 Aug 08
Wipe hot sauce on his hands. One taste of that stuff and he will not think twice about sucking anything on his hand ever again. Just kidding. I wish I could help. Have you tried the search engines?
• United States
16 Aug 08
I've looked in search engines, but I either find things that I don't feel help me or I find expensive ideas. I would love to know what other people have tried (whether they failed or not) so I don't waste my time or money. I've even tried covering his hands with socks (which I did for months) but when I stopped he went right back to sucking on his finger. Thanks