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How can my sister stop sucking her thumb?

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To those future parents wondering whether it's good for a child to have a plastic pacifier. If the child doesn't have a pacifier, it will suck either its fingers or its thumb; once that starts they will resist (as only a baby can) using a pacifier at all. If the child is given a pacifier from day one, it will NOT start sucking the fingers or thumb as long as the pacifier is available. One either habit is established, that's all the baby wants; either its fingers all the time or the pacifier all the time.
Late, when the baby is a toddler, and you want to break it of sucking whatever, you can take the pacifier away. It will cry for the pacifier for a while, but will NOT turn to fingers or thumb. You can't take the fingers or thumb away; they are always there and all you can do it nag and scold.

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Very good point. I had one of each and yes the pacifier was an easier habit to break. :0)
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What I the thumb sucker is not a baby?
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Check out my answer down below.
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Sorry, Grace. Both my boys were pacifier babies. Yinandyang gave a good answer. Rewards for doing without the thumbsucking; no stressful scolding, which would only pop that thumb back in there. It will happen, but it will take time and patience. Big smiles for her, and praise for success.
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Good answer
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give her a binki

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She is almost ten and tat would start a new habit.
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oh
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put onion on it .

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Hahaha this made my day ;D
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lololols .
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Haha :D
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She liked onion
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Buy her a binky? (even though that sounds silly at least it prevents her from sucking her thumb.) Put a sock on her hand when she start, lol.

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put hot sauce on her thumb

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it really works I have kids trust me
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Put tape on her thumb

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Tape her whole hand so that she cant find her thumb anymore

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Oh my...
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Lol
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Get her something to replace her thumb. I.E. a binkie

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Gave her a lollipop, or in her hand with something bitter, directly point to her with beautiful nails

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Give her a reward for going a day without thumb sucking. Then again for a week with no thumb sucking. Then two weeks again. Then a month give her an award again. She will learn that she don't "need" her thumb. :0)
Whatever you do don't make fun of her or be mean to her if she slips up and thumb sucks. Remember thumb sucking is a self soothing mechanism. It is comforting like a blankey or pacifier (or a cigarette for an adult.)

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We tried that. (She isnt a baby) we got her ears pierced after a month and she started sucking her thumb again.
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Hi grace! This solution should help if your thumb sucker is not a baby. :0)
God Bess you. Good luck big sister. Just remember its a comfort thing for her!
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Sorry. I typed when u were typing.
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Keep on trying it. Keep going. It will eventually become less of a habit. I can honestly say its been about 9 months to a year since we've been keeping up on trying. She IS just now at a point where I don't catch her cuz she hardly does it any more. Its a comfort thing so when she is sick is when I catch her usually. Keep trying.
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My sister had nail polish remover put on her thumb so if she tried she'd get a bad taste.

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We tries that too! She sucked her knuckles. Lol
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Maybe gum? It would only transfer the issue but its more adult to chew gum than suck
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Taking the pacifier away doesn't mean they won't turn to their thumbs. It didn't stop me. Of course that could have to do with my mom throwing my pacifier out of the car window as we sped down the highway. After that I think I sucked my thumb just to spite her. Anyway the moral here is just treat the child like a human being. Explain it to them and give positive reinforcement.

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