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Teenager,and Still Sucking My Thumb?

I am 15 years old and i cannot stop suckig my thumb. I want to stop really bad, i have gone 3 days with out doing it but i just can't seem to stop. I suck my thumb and index finger, at the same time. Basically any moment i'm alone or in front of my parents. None of my friends know, but i've been doing it since the womb. It affects me in such a negative way, my teeth hurt,the roof of my mouth hurts,my finger has a huge teeth mark on it,and everything i do by habit i make sure i don't use my left index finger,( example:as i am currently typing my index finger doesnt touch the board because i know i will suck it later.) I need to stop because it is emberassing and just pathetic. i go on google and people tell me it's fine and that they suck their thumb since like 20,but no i want to stop!!!! I also have braces,my orthodontist doesn't question anything or know i do it. But if he knew,he'd flip out. i"ve googled everything on how to stop, and i'm sick of hearing about putting nasty food on it,because come on i know im just gonna wash it off.i need a way to stop, somebody please help me! at night sometimes i wear one glove over my hand,that helps but i need a way during the day, help?
ruhhbecca ruhhbecca 13-15 22 Responses Jan 1, 2011

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Try nail polish remover. It's the ONLY thing that works for me because I can't wash the taste off & it tastes horrible.

this is an old post but i want to share with you guys i stopped for the longest time because i stayed the night at my friends house every weekend and i never sucked my thumb outside of my own house. so i stopped for a good 4 years but after my best friend moved and i started staying home a lot more i just stuck it back in my mouth one day and ive been back at it ever since. i do it so much that my mouth and thumb will start to hurt. i know i can stop if i just take my thumb out of my mouth. its a mind thing i swear and once you stop you feel a lot better. i know i did in the 4 years i went without even once putting my thumb in.

Hey i have almost the same problem i suck my index finger for as long as i can remember ...cute cats ,my blanket and long days make me do it. I also try not to touch anything with that finger. It warped my finger i have two warts there now... its embarrassing... i hate using that hand i feel like every one is looking at it... Like you said putting gross stuff on it won't work. I mean i enjoy doing it but id like to stop but then again i don't... #hopeless

Totttally understand! I'm about to turn 16 and I've been sucking my thumb forever. It just helps whenever I'm frustrated or upset. I'm not embarrassed though. I actually wouldnt want to stop, but its making my top teeth come out a bit. I want to stop ASAP before I look buck-toothed. I wish I was like the people under me & not have to worry about it.

I have an appliance and braces but I want to suck my thumb. I understand you completely I've googled it many times and nothing works not the nail polish nasty food or I even tried a binkie and it won't work. I don't know what to do and I can't find any helpful resources I'm 11 years old and I really need to stop

me to i have been sucking my finger index for about 13yrs to and anything i touch i dont touch it with that finger i thoought it would be a piece of cake but its harder than i thought the only advice i could give you is a piece of tape around the fingers that you suck then change just about every time you wake up

Well done hon

I stopped about 4 months ago :)

I am 14 years old and I still do it too... I really want to quit though because I have braces and I want them to get taken off! I see all these girls in my grade and older getting their braces taken off and their straight teeth, and I get jelous! So just find something that motivates you to stop! (:

I'm 28 and still suck my thumb<br />
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So comforting<br />
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The suction, the sensation, just makes everything feel fine<br />
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xx

I'm 15 and I thought the same way till I thought one day too look up how many people do it. Now I never worry but I dont suck my thumb I suck my 2 middle fingers and I have a scar and braces I dont care nor do I ever desire to quit. My parents pulled the same funny crap on my but I told my mom straight up I wont quit so just give up.. and long story short she did and now i go about me day sucking my fingers as a happy 15 year old girl I am.! :)

I'm 15 and I thought the same way till I thought one day too look up how many people do it. Now I never worry but I dont suck my thumb I suck my 2 middle fingers and I have a scar and braces I dont care nor do I ever desire to quit. My parents pulled the same funny crap on my but I told my mom straight up I wont quit so just give up.. and long story short she did and now i go about me day sucking my fingers as a happy 15 year old girl I am.! :)

dont ever stop enjoy it like i do

any time

any time

thanks so much :)<br />
it makes us unique,none of my friends know,unlike yours,but thats okay..i think ill grow out of it eventually.it definetily feels good to know im not alone though

It's just funny to remember back when my parrents would say things like "what? oh sorry I can't hear you with that thumb in your mouth?!" and also the whole highschool thing too. I always thought, "nah, ill grow out of it by then because thats rediculous" Like I said, it doesn't really bother me to much. i like it and i think it makes me unique. IDK I've always said i'd quit as soon as a get braces and I haven't gotten em yet. and don't think I will. Don' tbeat your self up over it though. i have no desire at all to stop and if i did i would be totally lost. also i have no problem taking this habit to college with me either. and if someone doesn't want to be my friend because of it, then screw them. it makes me happy and i always thought it was just sad when my whole family was rying to get my to quit. to me it was like they were wanting me to feel unhappy. All i can say is, is that I love it and it's pretty funny when my friend (he has an obsession with hands, it's strange) says WHAT IS THAT?! or something and ill just look up at him, smile and say... "oh nothing" then laugh.

It's just funny to remember back when my parrents would say things like "what? oh sorry I can't hear you with that thumb in your mouth?!" and also the whole highschool thing too. I always thought, "nah, ill grow out of it by then because thats rediculous" Like I said, it doesn't really bother me to much. i like it and i think it makes me unique. IDK I've always said i'd quit as soon as a get braces and I haven't gotten em yet. and don't think I will. Don' tbeat your self up over it though. i have no desire at all to stop and if i did i would be totally lost. also i have no problem taking this habit to college with me either. and if someone doesn't want to be my friend because of it, then screw them. it makes me happy and i always thought it was just sad when my whole family was rying to get my to quit. to me it was like they were wanting me to feel unhappy. All i can say is, is that I love it and it's pretty funny when my friend (he has an obsession with hands, it's strange) says WHAT IS THAT?! or something and ill just look up at him, smile and say... "oh nothing" then laugh.

hahaha awe i feel you,like i dont want to stop either. but i need to,it's really emberassing habbit!like i enjoy it so much and i feel safe,and comfortable and omg i totally get what you mean my finger has one huuuuuge deep bump-like thing on it from it,my finger almost looks deformed but you can only see it when i point it out,but its very very noticeable,i think i want to stop for other people rather than myself..and mine would always say"pretty soon youll be in highschool sucking it!"and i NEVVVER thought itd happen too,just like you! id always say"by 10,ill stop" or when i get braces i would stop..but i still do it. and i try nailpolish but i dont have the motivation to let that stop me at all,like i can go a day and then i get a moment to myself and catch mysef doing it. but thank you so much for commenting this..like it means alot to know there are other people out there with this problem.

Dude and for some reason i love those cuts. not in a strang wrist cutting way i'm not like that

Dude I'm 16 and have absolute no desire to stop, I love it and it's a big part of me and my childhood that i never really want to let go of. I say that if you really wanted to stop you wouldd have by now. IDK have you tried nail polish it used to wirk for me then i just stopped putting it on or just sucked it anyways. some people say they stopped or grewout of it because they realized it was gross i dont think it is btw. I just remember my family always saying "your going to be in highschool and still sucking your thumb" i always thought nah thats never going to happen. I have really really long nailsso durring the day when im at school i usually just chew on them. I do nt have the teeth make problem though, i just getbig sores down the front of my thumb they look like cuts and are really super deep. i have never hadthe roof of my mouth hurt though and i push up pretty hard. Yes having nasty crooked teeth IS embarassing but they rent going to get better so whats the point? i just wrote in my journal the other day how much i lovesucking my thumb.

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