I have a son who is nearly 8 and still sucks his thumb.
Night and day!
I haven’t made a big issue about it but now that his two front permanent teeth are growing in at odd angles it’s been a concern.
And he’s not very happy with it either and has been asking for us to think up some incentive to keep him motivated. He wants to quit but it’s such a habit that he’s not even aware when he is doing it.
A friend tried this…
It’s a plastic device called a thumb guard that you put over your childs thumb so they CAN’T suck it. But the darn thing costs $80 and as much as I want Malachi to succeed at this, that’s more than my weekly grocery budget and it looks too much like the manual breast pump I tried to use back in my nursing days.
So, I think it was my sister that sent me a link to this little do-hickey and since the cost was much cheaper at $12, and Malachi already had the desire to quit but just needed a constant reminder, we decided to try it.
And the little guy has not sucked his thumb for nearly 5 days. He’s ecstatic at his success and how his gnarly thumb is healing up.
So I thought I would pass this great thing on to whoever might need to know because thumb sucking is a nasty habit when they just aren’t little and cute anymore. Well, he's still cute but you know what I mean.