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Hi, my 3-yr old daughter is still sucking her right thumb a lot. can anything be done to get rid of this habit of hers.

Sonia Bhatt
3 to 7 years

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Updated on Mar 23, 2017

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Sonia Bhatt

| Mar 30, 2017

sorry tried everything-bandaid, nailpaint, oil but then she cries like hell if she is unable to suck her thumb.... neither sleeps nor lets anyone sleep... Teddy bears, dolls or any new toy are always with her at bedtime but that thumbsucking is also there... that thumb has now got scars on it n its shape has also changed.... tried all possibilities in d past 3 yrs... but no luck..

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Shikha Batra

| Mar 23, 2017

hi again! Sonia she might be doing it to comfort herself while sleeping. u could replace it with a cuddly soft toy say her teddy bear or her fav doll. and take her thumb out of her mouth. if she is awake and doing it , cover her thumb with a band-aid with her favourite character on it. if that doesn't work u could apply something sour such as lemon juice or bitter gourd juice etc. avoid use of medicines as they can have side effect. reward her with smileys or a star is she doesn't do it for even few hours. hope this helps!

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Sonia Bhatt

| Mar 23, 2017

Hi... sorry forgot to add... she does this when she is lying... basically watching tv n when she is going to bed... Is there any oil n remedy which I can apply on her thumb..... tried explng her a lot politely but she won't understand much as just 3 yrs old

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Shikha Batra

| Mar 23, 2017

hi Sonia! this could be due to many reasons. please observe her and find out when is she doing this more. is it when watching TV or when she is hungry or when she is sitting idle and getting bored . keep her hands occupied with a thing she can manoveure say a rubber ball . politely remind her not to do it as Chances are she herself doesnt realize that she's​ doing it. talk to her and ask her how she feels when she does it and help her overcome this habit it through reminder. praise when she refrains from doing it. hope this helps!

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