My 11 year old still sucks their thumb: Advice?

Do any other parents have a child over the age of 11 years old who is still sucking their thumb. The child did stop but has now started again.

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Awe sounds like they are stressed. Usually that is a comfort thing and if the child is feeling upset or in distress that may be why they started again. Try talking to them. Maybe even send them to a therapist if you think it is due to something in their life. <3

Honestly I feel if it’s gone this long it’s not going to stop. I’m 37 and still suck my fingers to sleep. I stopped for a few years when I left my ex so I wouldn’t be embarrassed if another man saw it but now that I’m in a relationship with a man I plan on marrying and comfortable with I’ve noticed I do it again. Just teach the child to do it in private and maybe only when they sleep.


I’m 27 and still suck my thumb :frowning: its a hard habit to break. I wish you luck.


I sucked my thumb til I was 17 years old.

My 12 yo still does when she is tired , I let it go it’s not harming anyone


I sucked my thumb until I was 10, then my dad died when I was 12 and I started up again for another two years. When I was younger, I did it in front of my family, but when I re-started, I only did it in private. It is a comfort thing, your child may be feeling stress in some way, maybe try to talk to them to see if they’re ok? One negative about it though, it’s an oral fixation and can lead to smoking because that is also an oral fixation.

My sister is almost 34, she still sucks her thumb. When we were kids, it drove me crazy because she had to twirl my hair also, but now I find myself twirling my hair around my fingers. :rofl:


Probably a comfort measure

Stop. Yall are scaring me. My baby is 4 and still sucks her thumb. We want her to stop ASAP.


I’m a 37 year old and my mother still sucks her thumb but she’ll say she’s just holding it in her mouth. I’m guessing it’s a comfort thing.


I’m 22 and still do it although I did stop once I got retainers after braces and it did last like 2-3 years. Stress brought it back and comfort kept it here. Don’t make them feel like they’re a shit person for doing it. Don’t make other people you think they look up to scold them. It’s really not that big of a deal.

I am 35 and I still suck my thumb when I sleep. I have 2 kids and my 2 year old does it. They will always have it with them too. My parents tried everything to get me to stop too.

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I sucked my thumb until I was 12 and had to get about $8,500 of braces and apparatus’ for me to stop sucking my thumb. It was so bad it was at the point where my lower jaw was pushed back so far I couldn’t even match my bottom teeth to the top ones

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I still suck mine. No regrets. Its a healthier habit than most. Not harming anyone. Dont stress it. They may even quit eventually.

My daughter sucked her index finger. It took 6 months to get her on a binky/pacifier. Much easier to take away at 4 then a finger

My 6 year old sucks his thumb still I wish to stop it but I hope one day he will at least slow down

I know someone who sucks her thumb when stressed about something. She is an adult and still does it when she is stressed. It just may well be that your child is stressed about something.

Ask them what is wrong. This is a coping mechanism. Do not make it a bad thing. As a 50+ person who still has this behavior, it is psychological. Seek the help.

She’ll grow out of it. I did. I was probably 13 when i stopped. I only did it when I was sleeping and half the time didnt even realize i was doing it. It is just a comfort thing. Im 34 and when i was pregnant with my youngest 4 years ago my spouse told me a few times i did it at night, not knowing. Lol. Again it was a comfort thing.