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Any suggestions on how to encourage a 3.5 y.o to stop sucking his thumb to go to sleep? How do you stop thumb sucking?

Posted by Carly, 03/06/13

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  • Aeroguard worked for my 3.5yr old and 5 yr old, bothing else worked and they are so easy especially if your able to keep them mostly at home for 2 weeks. Our dentist advised it’s best to do it before they turn 5. As it can affect not only their teeth but their jaw which it unfortunately has for our eldest. It took 2 tries with my 3.5yr old because we realised almost a year later he was sucking again during the night without him knowing so we only applied them at night the second time. There is also a reward chart in it which really helps them keep it on. Best of luck.


  • Usually the best thing is to put something on his thumb that does not taste nice. The other thing is to put mittens on his hands


  • I was a thumb sucker … I’m a little embarressed to say I was closet one as I didn’t stop til I was around 8 years old .. The answer is they will stop when ready


  • I’m trying to get mine to stop sucking the middle 2 fingers


  • I think this is an age old question, mot kids ive known to be thumb suckers have simply grown out of it


  • Hope you have had some luck


  • Paint his nail with some stop bite?


  • i hope you’ve had success


  • Have you had any luck so far?


  • how did you go? :)


  • It can be a hard habit to break so you may need to try a few different techniques – some good ones in the answers below.


  • Hope you found the answer you were looking for.


  • What did you end up doing?


  • give a teddy to cuddle and maybe a teething toy to suck on?


  • not sure if this will work, you can try a nail polish that helps prevent nail biting it tastes bitter


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