Stop Thumb Sucking

Mavala Stop

PROS:  Effective when used in conjunction with another thumb stopping product, low cost. CONS:  Does not work when sleeping, bad bitter taste becomes acquired in about a day, must reapply every 2-3...

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Dr. Thumb thumb guard

PROS:  effective on small children 2-5 years old, non-toxic silicone, easy to use, less expensive than T-Guard. CONS:  uncomfortable and obstructs use of hand, collects dirt/germs/saliva, small and large children can remove their...

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Hoof Stop the Bite

PROS:  Effective when used in conjunction with another stopping product, low cost. CONS:  Does not work when sleeping, bad bitter taste becomes acquired in about a day, must reapply every 2-3...

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ACE bandage

PROS:  Inexpensive, can be effective when kept on with a motivated child CONS:  Difficult to put on, kids take it off easily. The ace bandage has been recommended for decades by dentists to help kids break the thumb sucking habit.  A 4″ wide elastic bandage can be found at any drugstore for $5 -$12 dollars.  When the bandage is wound around the arm, along crook of the elbow, the bulk of the material puts pressure on the muscles and tendons, creating uncomfortable resistance as the arm is bent.  The child will have to strain to keep their thumb in the mouth.  At nighttime, when the child is relaxed and sleeping, thumb sucking is often involuntary.  The bandage often provides...

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