How to Stop Thumb Sucking With a Glove

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How to Stop Thumb Sucking With a Glove
Thumb-sucking can become a persistent habit with serious side effects. (sleeping boy image by Undy from

Many children give up thumb-sucking about 3 to 5 years old. However, some children, teens or even adults find themselves unable to quit the habit. Sometimes thumb-sucking becomes a long-term habit triggered by stress or even sleepiness. As a long-term habit, sucking your thumb can cause severe dental problems. Most parents recognise this problem early on and take steps to intervene before the habit causes serious problems. By wearing a glove, children are constantly reminded not to suck their thumb. This technique is not meant to be used as a punishment. A glove is meant to help chronic thumb-suckers who genuinely want to quit and need reminders to stop themselves from sucking their thumb.

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  • Tape

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  1. 1

    Find a pair of gloves of the appropriate size and texture. Depending on the individual's habit, you may need only one glove. You will also need to find a comfortable texture for the individual with the problem.

  2. 2

    Cut off all the fingers of the gloves, except for the thumb. This will make the gloves more comfortable to wear.

  3. 3

    Put the gloves on and secure them at the wrists with tape. Be careful to not cut off circulation with the tape.

  4. 4

    Wear the gloves at all times or at the times when the habit is most persistent. The gloves should be worn as a reminder not to suck your thumb until the habit is broken.

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