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    My 18 month old is a severe thumb sucker. It's usually when he is tired or already asleep. When I say severe thumb sucker.... I mean there are scars forming on his thumb!!

    What can I do to break this habit?
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    At 18 months he is old enough to understand when you correct him, so you need to remind him not to every time he does. I know a lot of parents will put something like vinegar on the thumb and they even sell products like this to stop nail biting and thumb sucking. If he is only doing it when he's sleeping you can look into a mouthguard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabrina22LE View Post
    At 18 months he is old enough to understand when you correct him, so you need to remind him not to every time he does. I know a lot of parents will put something like vinegar on the thumb and they even sell products like this to stop nail biting and thumb sucking. If he is only doing it when he's sleeping you can look into a mouthguard.
    I never thought about a mouth guard. Thank you! After a quick search I found something called a Tguard and wanted to share in case any others have the same issue. It has wonderful reviews. I'm going to have to give it a try!

    Thank you for the advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy♥gemini View Post
    My 18 month old is a severe thumb sucker. It's usually when he is tired or already asleep. When I say severe thumb sucker.... I mean there are scars forming on his thumb!!

    What can I do to break this habit?
    I sucked my thumb until I was 10!

    My parents tried everything to get me stop but nothing worked. Until i got braces and they had to put a palet expander in. My thumb kept getting stuck so I eventually stopped. So I would def try the mouth guard. I don't feel like this is a discipline thing because it self soothes him. He may not even realize he is doing it. I noticed recently that when I get stressed out I bite my thumb .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabrina22LE View Post
    At 18 months he is old enough to understand when you correct him, so you need to remind him not to every time he does. I know a lot of parents will put something like vinegar on the thumb and they even sell products like this to stop nail biting and thumb sucking. If he is only doing it when he's sleeping you can look into a mouthguard.
    I feel like you have high expectations of an 18 month old

    I would wait until 2-3 to break the habit. Right now it's self soothing and can be broken down the line when comprehension is easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twistertwin View Post
    I feel like you have high expectations of an 18 month old

    I would wait until 2-3 to break the habit. Right now it's self soothing and can be broken down the line when comprehension is easier.
    I was thinking the same thing
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    I'm 24 and I still suck my thumb when I'm tired and sleeping. My mom did it til she was at least 30. Honestly, I'm not sure it's something I will grow out of like my mom did. She tried everything to get me to stop but nothing worked. That disgusting nail polish meant to stop nail biting(which I used to have a HORRIBLE habit of), didn't phase me at all. Nobody talking to me about how it'll mess up my teeth and give me issues scared me enough to make me stop. But I don't think it really gave me issues. Yes I have crooked teeth, but so do my brothers. When I was younger I was told I need the expander pallet, but now I can't get it as it wouldn't work. I know people who needed that and didn't suck their thumb. The only issue I think it gave me was not being able to open up my jaw properly. What methods have you tried so far?
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    Quote Originally Posted by twistertwin View Post
    I feel like you have high expectations of an 18 month old

    I would wait until 2-3 to break the habit. Right now it's self soothing and can be broken down the line when comprehension is easier.
    I feel like you are severely underestimating them! Babies are much much smarter than people give them credit for. I promise you they understand a lot, that's why it's so important to talk to and teach them even when they're young. They soak it all up.

    The majority of babies understand and respond to "no" around 12 months old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabrina22LE View Post
    I feel like you are severely underestimating them! Babies are much much smarter than people give them credit for. I promise you they understand a lot, that's why it's so important to talk to and teach them even when they're young. They soak it all up.

    The majority of babies understand and respond to "no" around 12 months old.
    understand is one thing. Does completely ignoring it count as responding? Because that's what my 18 month old does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twistertwin View Post
    I feel like you have high expectations of an 18 month old

    I would wait until 2-3 to break the habit. Right now it's self soothing and can be broken down the line when comprehension is easier.
    This.

    IMO, at this age thumb sucking is more instinctual than deliberate action.
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