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How can stop my son from sucking his thumb?

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Date: Thu-Feb-18-2016-
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Re: How can stop my son from sucking his thumb?
Asked by traci7may

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My 5 1/2 year old son sucks his thumb when he is tired & when he's asleep.

The dentist says he must stop before his adult teeth GA_googleFillSlot("minti_advice_island_logged_out_300x250"); come in.

I know he needs to stop, but I am worried about traumatising him or making it into such an issue that it's worse.



My Advice:

Re: How can stop my son from sucking his thumb?

The only suggestion I have for night time thumb sucking is periodically go into him while he is asleep and whisper in his ear.  Start with "(use his name) You want to stop sucking your thumb because it isn't good for you".  Do this every night for a week or two.  Then if he seems to be cutting back, start whispering "What a clever boy you are for not sucking your thumb".  When it drops off considerably say "Mummy and Daddy are soooo proud of you for not sucking your thumb so much.  You are a clever boy".

You will be surprised what this whispering can achieve subliminally!!

As for the day time - Have you tried a "Star Chart"?

Draw or design one in on your computer with days of the week.  Under each day have an empty box.  Buy some nice stickers that your child chooses and each day he goes without sucking his thumb let him put a sticker in a box.  At the end of the week tell him there will be a surprise (keep it small - a little story book or car, or whatever you know will interest him.

Tell him after he fills 4 of these there will be a bigger reward.  I would suggest taking him browsing in a toy store and letting him pick something (in a certain price range acceptable to you) he wants as the month end goal.  Take a pic of the item and attach it to the top of each weekly star sheet so he sees it each day and it helps spur him on.

Yeah, yeah, it sounds like bribery but the damage that long term thumb or finger sucking can do to the palette and teeth can cost thousands of dollars to correct if it gets out of control and the longer he has this habit, the longer it will take to break it!!!

Please let me know, if you do try this, whether it works for him.

Sharon



 

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