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Quit Sucking Your Thumb (For Adults)

Updated on April 10, 2015

Keep That Thumb Pretty

Learn How I Quit Sucking My Thumb


Rumor has it, I used to be quite the jabber jaws as a baby. Mother told me numerous times that she made me suck my thumb. Yup, she literally put my thumb in my mouth so that I would stop talking so much. As harsh as that may sound I’m glad she did it. Thumb sucking is one of my biggest comfort zones. Do you love to suck your thumb? Is stopping on the top of your list? Below, I will tell you just how you can stop looking like an adult baby. It will be a ten day process so bear with me.

Days 1-3:

You can suck your thumb as much as you want. I actually encourage you to suck it even more than you did before. I found that one big habit I needed to rid the most was sucking my thumb in public. I know I looked absolutely insane when walking in the supermarket with my thumb in my mouth. Since I would be missing that part the most I spent theses days being a free spirited sucker. I sucked everywhere I went night and day. Suck your thumb in places you never thought suckable. Think of it like a party in your mouth and only your thumb is coming.

Days 3-7:

Guess what? Yup, you guessed it! You are not allowed to suck your thumb anymore. To make sure you don't cheat and suck your thumb anyway I came up with a little trick. Before bed and when you wake up you will dip your thumb in vinegar. They smell and thought alone should stop you in your tracks. Now this may sound very nasty to you but it worked for me. If at times you still feel like you can't resist the urge chew a piece of gum. I went through about two packs everyday. That is acceptable for a chronic thumb sucker, like myself. Remember, things will not be easy. Just stick to your goal and stay asstrong as possible.

Days 7-10:

By now the urge to suck my thumb should have dramatically subsided. I did not have any cheat days at all. But I am not going to act like I wasn't on the verge of giving in at times. The smell of the vinegar lingered even after I washed my hands. I ate so much gum that my jaw hurt. It was all worth it because the habit is still gone months later. I still chew gum whenever I feel like I am going to relapse. I would advise you to do the same.





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