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31 Comments for the Thumb Sucking Home Remedy

Anonymous

Put lemon juice on the thumb or something that the child doesn't like to prevent him from sucking his thumb.

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Anonymous

That's just great.. I've also heard to try hot sauce... And I'm certain lemon juice or hot sauce feels great when they rub it into their eyeballs.

Anonymous

yeah seriously why dont we just put bleach on the thumb mmmmmm

Anonymous

if the child puts his / her thumbs in the mouth with lemon juice on the thumb. the child will probably be more concerned about getting the juice off the thumb than putting a finger in the eye

Anonymous

They have a polish at the store. It is called Thums. I tried it with my 3 yr old, but unfortally he found a way to get it off with in a hour or two.

J. Ratcliffe - Texas

What if your child rubs his/her eyes??? My mother used to put tabasco sauce on my finger nails to try and keep me from biting them and, yes, I rubbed my eyes. My theory is this...you don't see many adults going around sucking their thumbs do you? So they will eventually grow out of it.

Anonymous

I've gotten a clear nail polish from CVS called No Bite and it taste nasty. It worked to get me to stop biting nails and it helped my daughter with thumb sucking.

Loana

Paint their fingernails (especially if it's just not their thumb that they suck/chew). Once it dries it's harmless. My mom used to do this for me (I loved blue polish and used to get so mad when it would chip while I chewed my fingers) and wouldn't touch it up if I chewed it off. Since I didn't like going around with a crappy manicure, I left my fingers alone.

Anonymous

LEMON JUICE DOES NOTHING TO THE EYES, I WORKED WITH A MAN FROM SOUTH AMERICA & HE TOLD ME HOW HIS GRANDMOTHER USE TO CLEAN HIS EYES WITH LEMON JUICE, 'I SAID BULL' HE TOOK A LEMON AND TILTED HIS HEAD BACK AND DROPS WENT IN. I SEEN IT FOR MYSELF. AND HE SAID NO PAIN. HE'S BEEN DOING IT FOR YEARS. SEEING IS BELIEVEING. MAYBE HIS GRANDMOTHER KNEW HER HOMEMADE CURES

Jennifer

I have personal experience with all kinds of treatment for nailbiting and thumb-sucking. I have just recently quit sucking my thumb at the age of 13, I am now 16. My mother had tried everything from tabasco sauce to lemon juice to Thums. The thing is, if the child is determined that they want to suck their thumb, they will either wash the substance off or keep their thumb in their mouth until the taste is gone regardless of how bad it may be. Eventually, I learned that sucking my thumb was a sign of insecurity and that I never did it around people in public..it helped me learn that it takes away from gaining maturity and independence and wasn't all that attractive. As far as nailbiting is concerned, several times I have quit for a month or two at a time. In one instance, just over the summer; I was free of the habit for 4 months, I was just learning to play violin, having long nails was interfering with my ability to push on the strings, my teacher had me cut them, then I felt as if they had to be shorter and bite them. Now, I think about it as a sign of insecurity just like thumb sucking or crossing your arms accross your chest. If you want to feel confident about yourself and your habits are in the way, the best thing is to evaluate the situation and decide you want what's best for your well-being, both mentally and physically. I have now been free of nail-biting for two weeks and I already feel a more positive attitude about myself. I don't know if this will help younger children, but as they get older, they will realize this. And the same also goes for bedwetting, most often, people grow out of it.

O.T, Montreal, Quebec

I made a concoction of castor bean oil and baking soda. I put it on a bandaid and left my daughter with it. she understood not to take it off (3yrs) but the band aid itself wouldn't listen. a friend suggested that I wrap a fabric or something on her thumb with the combination. I found it worked.

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