WickedStepMom (I don’t believe the “wicked” part) stumbled onto a possible solution for her stepdaughter’s thumbsucking:
My 7 year old step-daughter came to our house burnt to a crisp this past weekend. So, I had her help me put aloe lotion on her sunburn. In the process, she got the lotion all over her hands. She is a thumb-sucker and realized that she couldn’t suck her thumb even after she washed her hands, because it “tasted funny.” So, in a desperate search for a substitute, I grabbed a small tea spoon out of the drawer and scooped peanut butter on it. She liked it quite a bit and is now trying to quit sucking her thumb. She is now asking for a peanut butter spoon instead. It is not what I intended but, it definately is helping her break the habit.
Huh. If only my daughter liked peanut butter! She’s approaching her fifth birthday and sucks her thumb as much as ever. It’s her comfort when hungry or tired. Any other tips for helping her break the habit?