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Friday, March 27, 2009

Thumb sucking no more

Have you ever just reached your breaking point on something? Well, I did last week. I. just. could. NOT. look at my almost 12 year old with his thumb in his mouth any longer. We have spent almost $1000 on fixing his mouth so far, and his sucking his thumb undoes all that. Worse still, we've gone the extreme dental route twice already with anti-thumb sucking appliances, but still no success. So here we are at an impasse.
Until I found THESE:
Developed by a dentist, they are external anti-thumb sucking devices, so they cost WAY less than another appliance (although at $80 they are NOT cheap). There is one for each of his hands, and he must wear them 24/7 for weeks/months/years until he stops. And with his sensory issues, just wearing them has made for a few, ahem..., challenging days. But he is wearing them whether he likes it or not.
So for you locals, if you could implore your children NOT to mention them at all, and certainly NOT to make fun of him, that would be GREAT. He thinks they are way more embarrassing than sucking his thumb is. So if you could help in that endeavor by giving your kids the
"heads up" we'd appreciate it.

Here they are in real life. (And he's mortified that I am blogging about this.)
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7 comments:

Melissa said...

Thinking of you - not an easy decision, I'm sure. Maybe the embarassment factor will motivate him even more.

crispy said...

I remember when we first talked about the thumb sucking, I had thought you had tried these. I would think it would do the trick. Hopefully it does.

Kris said...

He actually came up and showed them to me last night. I told him they looked cool and athletic but I don't think he was interested.

I think it is a great idea. I'll be praying for y'all over these next weeks until he gets used to them. In truth, they look like hand splints so he kinda has this uber cool athelete thing goin' with them on. :-)

Smith Schoolhouse said...

that's a new one! they didn' thave those yet when I was a stubborn thumb sucker!

Jill said...

I guess for the chronic thumb sucker those work when all else failed...but there is a product that teaches in a positive way. It is called thumbuddytolove.com and if you start early like at age 3, you can get them to stop...it worked for my kids.. it is a new fun book and thumb puppet. Good luck!

Sassy said...

I'm a grn'ma who has encountered this issue for the first time after being a mom of 5....so I'm doing research...My 3 yo grn'toddler has begun most recently to not only suck his thumb but all fingers & we find him nail biting too...it's exasperating & his doc simply says reminders will work & he will outgrow this....so any suggestions are most welcome....

oneblessedmamma said...

These Thumb Guards worked fairly well-until my son ATE them to a nub. He has real oral issues, and he literally bit them down to almost nothing. BUT, I have to recommend Mavala Stop to you. You can order it online or maybe find it at a local store. It is about $9, but worth every penny. My son says it tastes HORRIBLE, even days later. I read also that some people added Tabasco sauce to the MAVALA Stop to make it even worse, but my son likes Tabasco sauce, and like I said, the Mavala Stop apparently tastes bad enough without any help. It gets painted on just like nail polish and lasts for a few days at a time.