I also knew I didn't have a plan to combat this habit -- apart from the occasional “serious” discussions about my daughter's future beauty and other equally unsuccessful activities.
However, this time the dentist had a plan...or at least tangible advice.
He produced a leaflet about thumb and finger guards which are sold in the UK and are apparently quite successful. Our dentist gave the product a resounding thumbs up and that’s all I needed.
I promptly went to Thumbguard and bought a finger guard for £49.99 plus the usual extras.
Putting on the finger guard was a two person operation. My husband and I had to “gently” hold our daughter’s fingers while putting on the flexible plastic guard.
Our daughter quickly figured out the plan and decided this was not for her. With a determined amount of wriggling and contorting her fingers she managed to extricate her hand from the guard within about 30 minutes.
We re-read the instructions and realised that we could put on the guard again and with a few more tweaks, it would likely stay on for longer.
At that point my daughter stated that she no longer wanted to suck her fingers.
Now, any time her fingers go near her mouth we just mention the finger guard or show her the box and she very adamantly says that she no longer sucks her fingers.
Could this really be the end of her finger sucking? Not entirely sure, but the first signs are very encouraging.
This post was written by Charlene, a London Mums Blog main contributor.
Photo credit: lab2112