How to Stop Sucking Your Thumb - Advice From a 5 Year Old



How to Stop Sucking Your Thumb (Older Kids)

It is a typical for babies to suck their thumbs at one point or another. Most children stop once they reach toddler age, however some children carry the habit on for many years. Sucking your thumb is a bad habit. Not only can it cause damage to your teeth, it can also cause you embarrassment. Here are a few tips on how to stop.

Steps

  1. Have the willpower to stop.Think of a reason. For example, if you stop, you won't get teased at sleepovers. It may also save you from needing braces, due to your teeth growing in improperly. Something along those lines should help.
  2. Prepare yourself to stop.You may not sleep too well at first, because you always sleep with your thumb in your mouth. This may make your mouth dry, so keep a glass of water by your bed.
  3. Wear something over your hand.If you can't stop sucking your thumb on your own, you can prevent it by putting a sock over your hand or putting a cotton ball or a make-up pad on your thumb and taping it in place. Wearing gloves also works. If you want, you can wrap a bandage around your thumb, that way you are reminded not to suck your thumb..
  4. Alter any sleeping habits.If you have a pillow or stuffed animal that you normally sleep with against your face, don't sleep with it to your face as you're trying to stop. The smell of the stuffed animal may make you want to suck your thumb more.
  5. Buy thumb stopping kits on the Internet.Don't buy the flavored liquids, because you can just wash them off, which won't help you to break the habit.
  6. Apply a displeasing taste to your thumb.If you can't stop sucking your thumb try putting something that tastes bitter or spicy (paprika, hot sauce etc.) on your thumb.
  7. Put your hand under your pillow.Sleep with your head on the pillow. This will separate your thumb from your mouth.

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  • Question
    I'm 12 and I'm still sucking my thumb; anyone have any other suggestions for stopping?
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    Community Answer
    Try taping a sock around both of your thumbs. If that doesn't work, cover your thumbs with bad-tasting substance and that should help you to stop.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    None of these help, and my child has been sucking on her thumb for 12 years. Why?
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    Community Answer
    She probably does it naturally. For example, he/she might do it out of nerves and may not realize he/she is doing it.
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  • Question
    What are the consequences if I don't stop?
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    Community Answer
    Physically, your teeth can move to a point where they will need dental correction, which can be very costly and uncomfortable. Emotionally, it can prevent you from having intimate relationships with people.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Will my teeth eventually straighten out if I stop sucking my thumb?
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    Community Answer
    Since there is a point when your teeth and mouth stop growing so much, it depends on your age. Definitely stop the behavior to help your mouth, and see a dentist for any corrective measures that can be taken.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    I have really crooked teeth and I have been sucking my thumb. If I stop sucking, will my braces even change the look of my crooked teeth?
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    Community Answer
    In most cases, yes, that is exactly what braces are for, straightening crooked teeth.
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  • Question
    What if it is a habit that I have been doing my whole life (14 years)?
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    Community Answer
    If you've already tried a combination of the methods mentioned above, such as putting a bandage on your thumb and putting your hand under your pillow, you may need stronger intervention. Ask your parents to set up an appointment with a hypnotherapist who can help you with this issue.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    What should I do if I feel anxious when I'm not sucking my thumb?
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    Community Answer
    Try to think about something else, like the beach or something peaceful and relaxing. Find something else to do with your hands, such as a squeeze toy, bubble wrap or a worry doll.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Will the methods work even after the habit has been reawakened?
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    Community Answer
    It really just depends on you. Try them out and see which one works best. You could try a combination of both: during the day use the bandage, and at night put perfume on your thumb or put it under your pillow.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Will I stop sucking my thumb if I get braces?
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    Community Answer
    It's possible, but it depends on how ingrained of a habit it is for you. It's possible that having braces will irritate your thumb when you're sucking it, so that could be a deterrent and help you to stop.
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  • Question
    At what age must I stop before my teeth move beyond repairing themselves?
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    Community Answer
    I believe I was around 8 or so when my dentist started me on dental devices to stop my thumb sucking. Some adults claim they have done it for their whole life with no issues. You should try to stop as soon as possible, the consequences to your teeth can be quite severe.
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  • If you suck your thumb at the age where people are making fun of you, nightly put a sock on your thumb. Put a drink by your bed and when your mouth gets dry, take a drink.
  • If you only suck your thumb at night, try putting a bandage on each thumb. No one likes to suck on a gross, plastic-y bandage.
  • Try to keep your mouth wet with a drink or something or kelp your mouth occupied with something in it like gum or a starker something like that.
  • If you suck your thumb at night, try putting some sticky-tape on your thumbs. Something rough so then when you go to put your thumb in your mouth it will scratch it. It helped me a lot.
  • If you have trouble sleeping because you aren't sucking your thumb, put on soft music or think of a quiet place like a waterfall.
  • Think about stopping before you get old enough to need braces. If you need braces and still suck your thumb, your orthodontist may suggest a thumb stopper. A thumb stopper is like a cage that is cemented to the top of your mouth, and you probably don't want to have to go to school wearing it because some children will laugh at you for the rest of your time in that school.
  • Make the movements that your tongue does when you are sucking your thumb. Try making these movements when your thumb isn't in your mouth.
  • If you are ten or up, think about how braces will affect your life. You may get laughed at, and you won't be able to eat sweet and sticky things.
  • Sucking your thumb may cause your teeth to become "bucked" like a rabbit, and you may have to get braces as a result.
  • Occupy your hands and try to keep them away from your mouth like: writing a story, drawing, going on the computer, play with the bottom of your shirt and so on.
  • Try occupying your mouth with something else. Gum for example.
  • Put your hand under your pillow.
  • Hugging a pillow at night is comforting, which is why you suck your thumb. Just make sure your hand is tucked away underneath your arms.
  • Put perfume on your thumb and when you suck your thumb it will taste horrible.
  • Entertain your mouth or hands by eating, playing a sport or playing video games.
  • Try punishing yourself every time you catch yourself sucking your thumb. For example not eating dessert or eating something like coffee grounds.
  • Every time you try to put it in your mouth, think to yourself why you are doing it and ways you can prevent it from happening again.
  • Keep a small toy to fiddle with to keep your mind distracted from sucking your thumb.
  • Try to put something over the thumb so you will resist the urge to suck it.
  • Another tip you could use is to add hand cream to your hands so if you go to suck your thumb then all you will taste is a slimy soap flavor.

Warnings

  • Do not tell anyone you can't trust that you suck your thumb, because they may not react kindly. You don't want that information traveling to other people as a rumor.
  • Always be careful when you're at school, if you suck your thumb on a normal basis you may do it at school. It is a habit and you do become unaware.





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