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  • Emily Louange
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    Following! Our son who will be 2 in Dec sucks his two middle fingers. So cute but it has got to stop, especially with winter on it’s way. So many germs.

    I have also heard of the Tabasco trick. Aww, so cruel. Would love to hear some other suggestions! Thanks

    Mike F.
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    Braces are expensive! She needs to knock it off already. Ha

    Karen S.
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    I have heard of the Tabasco trick and apparently there is some sort of editable nail polish you can paint on their nail that tastes bad. To prevent the child from wanting to put in their mouth.

    Kimberley Roberts
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    Tguard makes a finger guard for this. Supposedly it works within 30 days. Here’s a link: https://www.amazon.com/Treatment-Finger-Sucking-TGuard-FingerGuard/dp/B000WHVMP8/ref=sr_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1511638689&sr=8-2&keywords=stop%2Bsucking%2Bfingers&th=1

    I’ve also heard good things about the nail polish, though, but I would make sure it didn’t have any scary ingredients in it first, as some kids will not be that averse to it and may continue sucking even with it on.

    Emily Louange
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    Oh my gosh Kimberley! You are a gem! I have never even heard about this contraption. It will be an investment because we have to buy 2 since he alternates hands.

    Then I will just have to get up the courage to use it! Lol. He is going to have a absolute fit (just like he does when we put mittens on him) when he can’t get to his fingers. Oh boy, he is going to follow me around whining all day.

    I wonder if I could just start with using it during the day and keep it off at night, as this is how he pacifies himself to sleep or if it has to be cold turkey. It needs to come with a tranquilizer for mama! Hahha

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