Stop Thumb Sucking

Mom, how to I Stop Finger Sucking?

When your son or daughter is old enough to tell you he/she is ready to stop thumb sucking, it is a big day.  Finger sucking, like thumb sucking, is serious business for children under the age of eight.  Digit sucking, as it is technically called in the medical field, is the first addition your child has ever known.  And breaking an addiction, whether five years old or thirty-five years old, is difficult and needs plan in order to succeed.  Think of any habit you have ever had, and ask yourself if you could break the habit by accident or hope alone, most likely the answer is ‘no.’

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Many people find Mavala Stop anti nail biting polish and go for it without really thinking about the problem.  Don’t, you may regret it.  It is so important that your child have successful with breaking their first habit, which will build an important confidence in your child at this critical age.  So make sure you do your research first.

So your child is old enough to want to stop finger sucking, meaning they most likely are feeling pressure from you, or social pressure from siblings or friends at school.  Typically once kids get into first grade they may become a little self-conscious, or want to feel grown up, and they realize that finger sucking holds them back.  And it does.  Ask your child why they want to stop finger sucking.

Before creating a treatment plan – and before reading further – for you two to work on together, ask yourself:

  • Is my child a daytime or nighttime finger sucker?
  • One a scale of 1-10 how strong is the finger sucking habit?
  • On a scale of 1-10 how much does he/she want to stop sucking?
  • Is this a low stress time in our life, and do I have up to 30 days to closely monitor?
  • Am I willing to invest $20-$50 in finger sucking prevention?

fingersuckingNow you are ready to learn how to stop finger sucking.  First, the most important topic is for you.  Create a 30-day program with your child, create a motivational system with positive reinforcement and small rewards for incremental success – you will need a calendar.  Stickers work great for tracking progress.  They must be able to visually see the progress and them making progress towards the end goal.  Their goal will be more about the reward, than overcoming the challenge.  Let your child select a $5-$10 item they want as a reward, and keep reminding them they are getting closer to the reward and show progress on the chart.

If they are really self-motivated to quit and they only suck their finger during daytime, then Mavala Stop may be a good option.  The most common method people usually go to first to prevent finger sucking is using Mavala Stop nail polish, because it appears simple – and the nail polish does have good success to stop finger nail biting, which is what it was designed for.  For less than $15 you can have it delivered to your door in two-three days by Amazon.  However, if they suck thumb or finger at nighttime it won’t work because the taste buds are inoperable when sleeping.  Also, if the habit is strong with them they will get used to the taste very quickly.  See the full review on Mavala Stop for more information.

BEWARE – and stop nail biting polish only works on children who are highly motivated to quit, are older than six or seven, and do not suck at night.  See our article titled Thumb Sucking Nail Biting Polish Does Not Work for more information.

stop finger sucking products

Now if you are taking this seriously and you’re really ready to stop digit sucking, then consider spending up to $50 on more serious products that were specifically designed to stop finger sucking.  This website offers reviews of the best finger sucking products, so take five or ten minutes and do your research.  In addition to a motivational and reward program, these tools can be a big help as they increase their willingness to participate.  And if your child is involved in the process and actually wants to wear a device to stop finger sucking, then they become part of the solution.  And when they finally break the habit their confidence, and social interaction will improve.  Good luck!

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