How To Get Children to Stop Sucking Their Thumbs or Fingers

Getting our children to stop sucking their thumbs has always been a chore for me.  Brett was easy and decided to stop on her own.  Colter and Emery used pacifiers, which I took away from them when they were about a year old.  After 2 nights of crying for each of them, they were over their pacifiers.  Fletcher and Greyden were a lot harder – it involved a lot of glove wearing, duct tape, and many months. LOL

Indigo and Jade are the last of the Jonas children to suck their fingers.  We have been trying for almost 6 months to help them stop and they just couldn’t break the habit. Indigo has always sucked her thumb:





While Jade sucks her two fingers:



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We thought that Jade had broken the habit about 4 months ago when she got a bad cut on her finger.  She cried for about 3 nights and then was fine.  But once the cut healed she went right back to sucking them!

While we were at the Christmas Show this year, I was walking around with Jade when I came across a vendor selling nail care stuff.  I was about to walk by when I heard her ask me, “Does your daughter need help stopping sucking those fingers?”  I looked down and sure enough, Jade had her fingers in her mouth.

The woman (Shirley) put a test coat on Jade’s fingers and I told her if it worked, I would be back!

I watched Jade for the next several hours and every time she would put her fingers in her mouth, they would come right out!  So (being a “fair” mother) I brought Indigo right over and had her put a test coat on Indigo’s thumb.  Same thing!

The next day I returned to the booth and bought a bottle because the girls cried themselves to sleep since they couldn’t suck their fingers/thumb.  It worked!

Within 3 days of using “Never Bite”, the girls completely stopped sucking and were no longer crying about it.  The best part is that they don’t even try to suck anymore.  We occasionally still put it on, just to make sure they don’t restart.







The formula tastes nasty (I admit, I touched my tongue to it LOL) and we’ve had great success with it.  Shirley told me you only needed to apply it once every 3-7 days, but both my girls (who wanted to stop sucking their fingers) asked me to put on a fresh coat every night before bed.


I purchased it from Shirley directly at the craft show, but you can purchase the “never bite” via her website at  She does not have an e-commerce site, but I found her very helpful in person.  And just so you know, I don’t get anything for recommending this product.  I just wanted to share it with people because we had been unsuccessful for over 6 months and within 3 days we were completely finished with this issue!

Oh – and the boys are now asking for me to put it on their fingers to help them stop biting their nails! LOL

1/8/18 Update: Shirley contacted me and said she has a new phone number and email.  You can reach her at 270-737-6533 or and her website is still working at





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  • Lisa Bauermeister

    Breaking a thumb sucker is so heart breaking to see them “need” their thumbs! We used mavala stop polish and it worked immediately keeping those thumbs out.

    • goatmilkstuff

      I know – they’re just so pathetic with the tears. Especially when they actually want to stop and their little hearts are so conflicted.

  • AmyandBilly Freeman

    I sucked my thumb until I was 21! lol But we are nail biters so I will check into this. Thanks!

    • goatmilkstuff

      Ack! How did you finally quit?

      • AmyandBilly Freeman

        I finally quit for good the day I had my son!

        • goatmilkstuff

          Good for you!!

  • Amanda

    My dad sent me a link to your blog today. I’m guessing he saw you on the huckabee show. I’ve been sick on the couch all day so I’ve read back through lots of posts! And you are solving all my problems…eczema, sibling rivalry, thumb suckers (I have 3!). Thanks for sharing your life with strangers! I hope to report back improvement on all those things!

    • goatmilkstuff

      I’m so glad, Amanda, that I’ve been an encouragement! I hope everything makes a huge difference for you!! PJ

  • Ariana Burandt

    I’m going to try this. My 6 year old is constantly putting his fingers in his mouth, playing with his teeth, sucking on his fingers, biting his nails…he always ends up sick with some sort of parasite or virus 🙁 not good when you have a 2 year old and another on the way

    • goatmilkstuff

      Exactly! Hope it works as well for you as it did for us. 🙂 PJ

  • Jo

    You could try using a Thumbsie which is
    custom made for children to help them to stop thumb sucking. These fun and
    comfortable thumb guards are suitable for children age 3 -12 years who need
    some help. There are lots of materials to choose from and 5 different sizes no more
    thumb sucking

  • Brianna Rhodes

    this stuff sounds great for using with biting finger nails, i’ll have to buy some. my mom, grandmother, and I all have a terrible habit of chewing our nails and cuticles until they are all but demolished.

    • goatmilkstuff

      It worked great for us! I hope it makes a big difference for you!!

  • Jessica

    We’re getting ready to drop the pacifier with my 2 year-old… My 4-month old son is a thumb sucker – we’ll have to keep this in mind!

    • goatmilkstuff

      Yes – it worked really well! PJ