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My daughter has sucked her thumb since birth. she has recently turned 4, nowadays she just sucks her thumb at night.(rarely during the day) To stop her from doing it i have tried positive reinforcement, rewards, offering a cuddle toy but none of this has helped. I feel she knows she isnt meant to do it as she says ‘im not going to suck my thumb’ but this habit has persisted. i would love to hear any advice as to how i can help/encourage her to stop! Thanks All!


Posted by mom132206, 6th March 2020


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  • I sucked my thumb when younger, although my mum said that even as a teenager I would sometime suck my thumb in my sleep or when really tired. My mum tried everything but I think the main thing that stopped me was getting braces.


  • I tried everything with my daughter. She used to pull her shirt up and wrap it around her hand while she sucked her thumb and pick at the hem with the other hand holding the shirt and her thumb. Her thumb was bigger from the sucking too. In the end she grew out of it when she started school


  • Put something that tastes yuck on her thumb during the night


  • I was a thumb sucker until I was 12, my mum tried everything but nothing worked and if anything, it made it worse because I knew it was ‘bad’ but I couldn’t help it. I was an anxious child so it was a comfort thing for me and I honestly just grew out of it. If your little one is an anxious child, maybe research ways to help with the anxiety and behaviour regulation and the thumb sucking may just stop on its own.


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