Stop Thumb Sucking

Mavala Stop $15

Mavala Stop

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PROS:  Effective when used in conjunction with another thumb stopping product, low cost.

CONS:  Does not work when sleeping, many kids get used to bad taste quickly.

OUR FULL REVIEW

Mavala stop is an anti-nail biting polish that tastes very bitter, and as a result discourages nail biting for children 4 and older. The manufacturer also claim that it prevents thumb sucking, however we do not agree.

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Success rate for thumbsuckers is extremely low, because the polish is intended to help stop finger nail biting during the daytime. For people who subconsciously put their fingers or thumbs in their mouth it is an excellent reminder to stop nail biting or thumbsucking. If you are looking for a solution to stop adult thumb sucking during waking hours or you simply need a reminder and who really wants to stop fingernail biting, then any anti-nail biting polish is a good choice for you. There are several choices including lower cost options.

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While it seems natural that Mavala Stop (or any other anti nail biting polish) would also work to stop thumb sucking, it does not. First, it is important to understand how the polish really works – it tastes bad.  Is it so bad that your child will absolutely not put their thumb or fingers in their mouth? Well.. no. It comes down to what is worse, not sucking or enduring a bad taste. For serious suckers, you need something that will physically prevent the thumb from being sucked on.

Although Mavala Stop usually does not work on its own, when used along with a physical device – one that obstructs the thumb from the mouth – it can be extremely effective.  Especially when the device is taken off, the bitter taste will continue to stay on as a reminder. We recommend the nail biting polish be used in conjunction with any thumb guard or thumb sleeve.

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Many children will actually get used to the taste in about a day, rendering the product totally useless for them. Your child will definitely find the bitter taste disgusting at first, but a stubborn child will quickly get past it. Think of your first sip of coffee.. it was probably gross, but then, you learned to like the bitter stuff. Mavala Stop is the same kind of thing.

For stubborn children, or people who have a psychological dependence on sucking their thumb, the bad bitter taste is not a sufficient deterrent.  And for the night-time thumbsucker any anti-nail biting polish absolutely won’t work. Many children go to bed without sucking their thumb, but start to in the middle of the night (this is perfectly natural until the habit is stopped), and they do it while sleeping. Their taste buds are not sending the “yuk” signal to their brain while sleeping. When your child sucks their thumb while sleeping it’s automatic, they don’t know they are doing it. So basically it is involuntarily and when they wake up there is this disgusting left over mouth taste and it is like punishment for an undeserving crime.

  • Effective when used with another product
  • Inexpensive
  • Invisible
  • kids get used to the taste
  • non-effective at night
  • must reapply frequently

Common questions asked about Mavala nail biting polish for thumb sucking include, is it effective at stopping thumb sucking, what are Mavala Stop ingredients, and what are Mavala Stop retailers.

Is the nail biting polish effective at stopping thumb sucking? By itself, probably not. The reason is simple. Children are more driven by the comfort of having their thumb in their mouth than they de-motivated by the bitter taste, and, the taste has no effect at night time while they are sleeping. Of course, everyone will experience different results. It does work extremely well for some, but results vary and most are not successful, especially with stubborn kids.

Because you are concerned for the safety of our children, we want to know the Mavala Stop ingredients. Since the product is technically a nail polish it is not intended to be ingested, the FDA has not reviewed it. However, the manufacturer claims that the polish is harmless, and since thousands of people have used it we assume that it is indeed harmless. And although the ingredients looks less intimidating that those on the back of a Twinkie, they are certainly not all-natural. Mavala Stop ingredientsThe Mavala Stop ingredients include Ethyl Acetate, Alcohol Denat., Butyl Ester of PVM/MA Copolymer, Phthalic Anhydride/Trimellitic Anhydride/Glycols Copolymer, Butyle Acetate, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Sucrose Octaaacetate, Denatonium Benzoate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, CI 60725 (D&C Violet No. 2).

Please do not use the Mavala Stop for infants because Alcohol Denatured is made of 95% ethyl alcohol and 5% methyl alcohol in USA. Methyl alcohol is a poisonous chemical, and for infants whose immune systems are undeveloped even tiny amounts can have adverse effects.

Mavala Stop retailers are plentiful. The best price will be online of course. You likely won’t find it at your local CVS or Walgreen or Walmart because it is the most expensive nail biting polish available, so the best place to purchase the product is from an online retailer such as Amazon.com. If you are determined to give it a shot but don’t want to waste the money, you might consider Hoof Stop the Bite instead – which is essentially the same product but cost $10 less (an added benefit of Hoof Stop the Bite is that it can be found at your local retailer).

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OUR FINAL CONCLUSION

Mavala Stop works best to stop thumb sucking when used in conjunction with a product that physically obstructs thumb sucking. Designed for daytime nail-biters, at best, it is a good deterrent for people motivated to stop.
Invisible and non-obtrusive.
Does not work when sleeping, stubborn thumb suckers get used to the taste in 1-2 days, messy.

 

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11 Comments

  1. Mavala Stop did act as a deterrent for a while but my daughter powered her way through the bitter taste. She even threw up. When asked how it tastes she said ‘pretty bad, but I like it’. We took a break for a while, tried again with no success then quit. Her taste buds still didn’t seem to care. Maybe I should just give her decaf coffee – I know she hates that! 😉 The other problem is that it gets on whatever she is trying to eat for lunch or dinner. I was really hoping this would work, but it didn’t!

  2. I didn’t think it was possible when my 5 year old stopped sucking his thumb! The kid sucked his thumb since about one year old. This mavala stop stuff works, you won’t even use the whole bottle. Within two we no longer needed to use it. What I didn’t like is that I had to reapply every 2 days, and after a couple weeks it was difficult to get him to sit still. I will say though, it gets on everything they eat.

  3. My eight year old would constantly put his fingers into his mouth and bite his nails and pick his nose (at the same time!). I put a small amount of Mavala onto his nails AFTER he fell asleep. Within a couple days I noticed a big difference with his nose picking and nail biting, but hes still a thumbsucker at night.

  4. I know nothing about this product for thumbsucking but I found this page because I’m interested in stopping fingernail biting for myself (I’m 32). However I did know a girl once who tried this product (or one like it) and….. well, she did not stop. Instead she developed a taste for it. But for me I think it will work.

  5. Aweful. Just didn’t work for my 6 year old. She got used to the taste in one hour.

  6. Mavala stop is not to stop thumb sucking. It is to stop nail biting just like the label says. At night my child sucked his thumb and during the day it got all over.

  7. I agree with this article about Mavala Stop. It worked at first, but after a while my five year old boy got used the taste and at night I found him sucking his thumb. Although, he was very displeased with the taste in his mouth when he woke up. LOL. Mavala is roblably pretty good for nail biting like they say, but at least with my kid not for thumb sucking.

  8. Mavala stop worked for me. I put it on the tips of my four year old and it stopped him immediately. I’ve heard of people using tabasco or really spicy home sauces, or even Chinese spicy mustard, and that working just as well. The only downside to the mavala is that it does seem to get into any food that is eaten because of course he is always using his hands to eat.

  9. My kid didn’t like it, four years old. But he is a strong thumb sucker and has been doing it since one year old. So after less than one day he endured the bad taste and does it anyway.

  10. Stop thumb sucking nail polish like Mavala Stop works for some and not for others, just like every other product. It really depends on your kid. If you have a determined child then the nail polish will not work and you need a thumb guard or Nipit hand stopper, this is the same as all the other reviews say. I don’t like that you have to reapply a lot and it can be messy. I like that it does work as long as it is fresh.

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