When my parents had finally had enough with my finger sucking they went to the dentist for help. (at least I think it was the dentist) The dentist gave my mom some nasty tasting brown stuff to put on my finger. They put it on my finger and I was pretty sure it wasn't going to make a difference, then I put my finger in my mouth. Yuck! It was so bad, I never sucked my finger again. I swear I can still taste it in the back of my throat. Terrible!
Gloria, my only thumb sucker, just turned six and is still sucking her thumb. I am a little more sympathetic to her situation than her dad is but it really is past time to stop. We've tried everything we can think of, incentives, punishments, even hot sauce. Gloria liked the hot sauce the best because, "it's only hot for a minute and then it's all gone." We've tried everything, that is, except for the $400 implant the dentist suggested; with the understanding that it was not a guarantee.
~Enter hand sanitizer
I have never liked hand sanitizer and the only time I've ever purchased it was when it was on the "back to school" supplies list. The idea of chemicals as well as dead germs on my hands really doesn't make me feel any better that just plain old germs.
sick 5 year old Gloria
Gloria told me last year that Germ-X tasted bad. She also told me that even when you wash you hands, it still tastes bad.
I bought some today and told her to put it on her hands, especially her thumb. She cried but she did it. I hope it isn't poisonous.