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Normal Development and 'Readiness'

He will stop when he is ready. Help him learn to calm down when he is nervous or unhappy and eventually he won't need his thumb. Keep him active and using his hands, you can play Baseball, fingerpaint, bake cookies or anything else really fun while sucking your thumb. Turn off the tv and send him outside. If he still sucks his thumb when tired or sleeping that will eventually stop.

Binky's or Pacifiers

Do you give them a binky to suck on instead? That might help.

My sister's children, ages 3.5 and 5, still use their binkys. She has tried to take them away, but the kids just start sucking their thumbs, instead. The pediatrician recommended that she poke pin holes in each binky, so the kids lose suction when they use them. This way, supposedly, they will lose interest in sucking altogether when they are not getting the expected reward/sensation. The idea is that they feel they are still in control, but don't get as much pleasure out of it and will eventually stop.

Using a binky is okay when the child is still young, but be careful if the kids are older because it can cause dental problems. We've taken to encouraging the older young child to use their blankets instead to comfort themselves when tired or upset, since these can be taken away and don't cause dental problems!

Adversive edible liquid or pastes

You can apply some edible liquid that is bitter in taste, to his thumb. You can also use the cruse extract of Aolevera plant.but please see to it that it should be edible material -- do not use anything else.


If you find something non toxic that tastes bad and let it dry on their fingers, they will keep it out of their mouth. Vinegar is good or a mild pepper sauce or such. They do make a non-toxic substance called "bitter apple" that you can rub onto his thumb while he sleeps. (or to keep your cat from chewing through wires!) Ask around your neighborhood and local stores to see where it is carried.

My 4 year old daughter still sucks her thumb & if I was to put anything on her thumb she'll just wash it off while I'm not looking.

I sucked my thumb until i was 10 and every time my mom put any nasty taste on my thumb i washed it off or sucked it off.

Avoid products with alcohol !

Most mouthwashes contain some alcohol. These should not be used with children.

Ways to stop Thumb Sucking:

Try A Reward System

'Reminder Liquid' Idea

Do Not Try Negative Reinforcement

Weaken the Habit by engaging him in different play activities

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What age should kids stop sucking their thumb?

There is no real age for a child to stop sucking there thumb, but most people belive it to be 7 years of age, i myself being 15 sometimes catch myself sucking my thumb subcontiously, so you never know when they might stop. u can stop at any age i am 12 and still doin it i wish i could stop but it becomes a habit

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Is mavala stop used to stop tongue sucking?

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What age should people stop sucking their thumb?

If a child has several baby teeth than it is probably a good idea for them to stop. Sucking their thumb at this age can cause tooth problems such as bent teeth. Many dentists reccommend that if a child is eating solid foods on their own, they should stop sucking on their thumbs to prevent such problems that can sometimes cause a need for braces later in life.

How long dies it take to stop thumb sucking when you are 9 years old?

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Are there correlations between smoking and thumb-sucking or using a pacifier?

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How do you quit sucking your thumb do you use nail polish?

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How do you stop sucking your thumb?

First, you need to want to stop. It's not going to do any good to read this answer but not want to quit. Next, place a barrier between your thumb and your mouth. This should be something you won't enjoy sticking in your mouth (ex. a cotton ball or sock). Spices such as paprika or chili powder may do, as your brain with associate thumb sucking with an unpleasant experience. Lastly, occupy your mouth with gum. This will reduce the urge to stick your thumb in your mouth.

How do you stop thumb sucking?

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Can an average human suck their thumb forever none stop?

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Do braces help stop thumb sucking?

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Where can you buy Mavala Stop in a retail store?

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How do i stop my tongue from a burning and bitter sensation?

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Why do you suck your thumbs?

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