A quick little update on Autumn and the Thumbguard situation.
My daughter Autumn is a thumb sucker. After trying countless ways to get her to stop and trying to avoid the dreaded mouth plate, I decided to give the Thumbguard a go.
If you missed my first post on the Thumbguard you can read it here. It will also explain why I feel so compelled to break the habit.
Autumn is completely and utterly addicted to sucking her thumb. It really took me back watching her go to any length possible to try and weasel her way into getting to her thumb.
The moment the left hand was in the guard the right thumb crept straight into her mouth. I didn’t realise until at least a week or two into using the Thumbguard that she could actually manoeuvre her thumb in and out of her guard quickly and whenever she pleased.
I used the guards for the recommended 30 days and ended up using them for nearly 2 months. I ran out of the straps that are needed to fit the guards and the moment I couldn’t fit the Thumbguard on Autumn anymore she immediately put them back in her mouth. So frustrating!!!!!!
I feel like all that hard work we did has been for nothing. Nearly 2 months of strapping these plastic things on her day and night just to have her go right back to sucking was such a let down.
I have ordered another rounds of straps and this time I have to tape the knuckle on her thumb to stop her from being able to bend and manoeuvre it out. Here we go again!
My top tips if you are going to use the Thumbguard.
1: Use both guards immediately. Autumn now has no preference as to which thumb she puts in her mouth and I think if I used them both straight away then she would never have learnt to suck her right thumb.
2: Get rid of any sleep associations they have when you start using the guards. I let Autumn have ‘pink blanket’ for the first week because I thought it might be nice for her to have something soothing to counteract taking away her thumb. Bad idea.
3: Before you go for the guards try and limit ‘thumb’ time to bedtime only. Having both guards on for 30 days is quite restrictive for a 4 year old during the day. After a couple of weeks you might only have to use them at night.
Have any of you used them? Did you have better luck than me?
Would love to hear if you have any suggestions.