March 14, 2012

Reviews of TGuard ThumbGuard /FingerGuard by Dental Professionals

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by M. Hoad on Blank Product Name
6 year old finally brings finger sucking habit
Are you a Parent or Health Professional?: Parent

It worked! It really worked!!

My daughter started sucking her finger at 1.5 years when she was placed in a
full time Montessori school. Certainly a soothing mechanism to deal with
the change. She never took to a soother as a baby so I was surprised to see
the habit form as a toddler. I noticed that she continued to suck her left
index finger at night to fall asleep and during the night when asleep. I
figured she would grow out of it. As she grew older her teachers did assure
me that at school she rarely did it when focused on her activities and
lessons. At night, we tried putting bad tasting liquid on her finger but
she cried and cried and was distraught. It worked a few nights but as she
aged she learned to wash it off. At the age of four years old, the dentist
told her to stop since it was clearly affecting her teeth and palette. The
one side of her mouth is visibly crooked. She did stop for a few months. I
was so pleased. We moved cities and she started sucking it again. Change was
the trigger and her finger was her comfort. As her 5th birthday was coming
up she promised to stop. She didn't. With her going into Grade 1 at a new
school I wanted her to stop. I found Tguard online. With the exchange rate
and shipping costs it wasn't cheap but I thought if it worked it would be
worth every penny. It was worth a try. I prepared my daughter for its
arrival and with positive reinforcement of the doll she really wanted we
embarked on this one month journey. The first few nights were hard. I let
her fall asleep beside me in bed. In the day, she did put her fingers in her
mouth a lot but no sucking of course. She enjoyed selecting which colour of
bracelet to wear and placing stars on the chart each night. I told her camp
leaders to encourage her to not chew the guard (she did do this at the
beginning) and I noticed less and less her hands going in her mouth. Being
flexible plastic it didn't prevent her from doing any activities. One month
later a very happy girl received her doll and a very happy mother has a
little girl who no longer sucks her finger. It has been over a month since
it came off and there has been no going back. I am thrilled. Thank you.

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