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Thumb Sucking Guard | Kids Elbow Brace & Pediatric Arm Restraint to Stop Finger Sucking

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When to Stop Thumb Sucking?

Thumb and finger sucking is very natural for babies to comfort and to soothe themselves. At this stage, it is considered harmless in terms of a child's growth and speech development.

Usually, toddlers will start to develop other coping skills beyond thumb or finger sucking. These coping skills typically replace the need for a child to suck on a thumb or finger. But for some children, thumb sucking is an incredibly difficult habit to break, which could lead to problems for their growing mouths.

The question most parents ask themselves, however, is when should I intervene?

Old research suggested that as long as kids stopped sucking by the time they developed their permanent teeth there would be minimal impact on the mouth and jaw. Now, studies show that thumb or finger sucking can have an impact as young as 2 to 4 years old. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) says the sooner they quit, the better.

What Happens When You Suck Your Thumb?

Thumb sucking risks permanent pallet damage and how the teeth line up that will cost a lot to fix later. By 5 years old, your child’s mouth will have already started shaping around their thumb, possibly causing speech impediments in addition to dental damage and jaw issues that can come back later in life.

How to Stop Finger Sucking with The Thumb Sucking Guard

This elbow restraint for thumb sucking comfortably restricts your child’s fingers from entering their mouth or touching their face.

It keeps your child’s fingers free, allowing them to comfortably wear the arm restraint throughout the day or night. The elbow brace can even stay on while eating or washing hands, unlike plastic thumb guards for children.

our kids thumb sucking guard limits childrens range of motion when trying to touch their face or stick a finger in their mouth

Note that this thumb stopper does not completely prevent your child’s hands or fingers from touching the face, but it does make it extremely difficult. Your child might be able to get their thumb to their mouth if they push and bend persistently, but they won’t be able to hold it too long and will likely fall asleep without sucking.

Other Uses of This Child’s Arm Restraint

  • Prevent face or mouth touching after facial procedures or cleft palate repair surgery.

  • Limit nail-biting.

  • Gently restrain special needs children.

  • Wear during IV therapy to prevent IV tubes from being pulled out.

  • Assist weak limbs due to hemiplegia or cerebral palsy.

  • Heal mild elbow sprains or cubital tunnel syndrome.

6 Advantages of This Elbow Brace for Finger Sucking

  1. Medical-Grade Fasteners Give Parents Control to Keep It On

    Many thumb-sucking prevention alternatives, like cloth thumb or finger covers and gloves, can be easily removed, which makes them much less effective. Though effective, anti thumb sucking pedi wraps (such as the NIPIT) can be difficult for parents to apply on squirmy kids. This elbow brace provides a happy medium, comparatively easy to apply but extremely difficult for children to remove without assistance.

  2. Helps Protect Your Child

    Prevent the spread of COVID-19, influenza, hand-foot-mouth disease, the common cold, and more! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says to “Keep your hands out of your mouth, nose, and eyes. This will help keep germs out of your body.”

    Aside from germs, thumb sucking can have a major social impact on children. Thumbsuckers may become a target for bullying, as many older kids who suck their thumbs are teased. If they develop damage to their teeth or speech problems, such as a lisp, they may also face harmful social interaction and embarrassment.

    Luckily, illness and teasing can be avoided by breaking your child’s face-touching and thumb-sucking habits early, thanks to this pediatric elbow restraint.

  3. Recommended by Pediatric Dentists

    Dentists recommend working with children to lessen their dependence on thumb sucking or finger sucking before the coping method turns into a habit, especially before age 5. Curb the thumb sucking early before dental problems occur with our kids elbow brace, which has been inspected and approved by a pediatric dentist.

    If you are really concerned about the effect of thumb sucking on your baby’s teeth, make an appointment with a pediatric dentist. Ask the professional to talk with your little one about taking good care of their teeth and mouth. Your child may need a slight nudge from someone other than you in order to beat the thumb-sucking habit for good.

  4. Effective Alternative to Bad-Tasting Nail Polish and Plastic Thumb Guards

    Nasty-tasting nail polishes are primarily intended to stop nail-biting, but many people find they help with thumb and finger sucking, too. Though yucky nail polish is a relatively affordable solution, there are several problems with it including:

    • Kids may suck the polish off or get used to the taste.
    • Too many nail polish crying episodes.
    • You can accidentally get it in your mouth by kissing your thumb-sucking toddler or unknowingly getting it on your own fingers. It tastes awful and the taste sticks with you for hours.
    • May wash off easily.

    On the other hand, if you can keep a plastic thumb guard or finger covers on for a couple of weeks, your child will have likely kicked the habit. The problem is that they inhibit hand use, making it hard for kids to play or feed themselves.

  5. Keeps Fingers Free

    This elbow brace keeps kids fingers free, allowing children to conveniently wear the splint throughout the day or night without interfering with eating, playing, or handwashing.

  6. Ultra-Soft Design

    This thumb habit appliance is made from a comfortable, latex-free mesh material that is soft against your child’s skin. It makes for a fairly pleasant, cruelty-free wearing experience, particularly in comparison to thumb crib orthodontics with spikes, bad-tasting nail polishes, plastic thumb or finger guards, and other thumb-sucking prevention devices.

Frequently Asked Questions About This Kids Elbow Brace

  • What conditions/injuries does this brace treat? Prevents your child from sucking their thumb. This also might be needed after a cleft lip or cleft palate repair or for a special needs child in need of gentle restraint. This elbow immobilizer brace can also stop a kid from disrupting an IV.
  • How does it work? Stops elbow flexion to prevent thumb and finger sucking. Your child might be able to get their thumb to their mouth if they push and bend persistently, but they won’t be able to hold it too long and will fall asleep without sucking.
  • Who can wear these braces? This brace can be worn by any children who fall within the suggested size ranges on our size chart. However, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends thumb-sucking intervention by age 3 to 5.
  • How do I measure for this brace? To see if this brace will fit your child, measure the circumference around their bicep at the widest point, in inches.
  • When should kids wear it? This brace can be worn during the day or night. It can also stay on while eating or washing hands (unlike plastic thumb guards).
  • Can it be worn on either arm? Yes, this splint can be worn on your child’s right or left arm.
  • How many stays (sometimes referred to as splints) are included? Includes a sewn-in polypropylene and stainless steel stay, limiting your child’s range of motion.
  • What is it made of?
    • The body of the brace is made out of a soft 3mm Airmesh with UBL on one side.
    • The straps are woven elastic.
    • The stay pocket is made from a double-sided loop.
    • The hook type is medical grade so kids cannot take the brace off themselves.
    • The stay is made of polypropylene and stainless steel to provide some flexibility but keep the thumb and fingers from reaching the mouth.
  • How do I put it on? Identify bicep end by tag under top strap. Hold child’s arm straight out in front of them with elbow locked. Lay guard flat with stay laying over where child’s elbow bends. Wrap flap without fastener around arm. Connect other flap around arm. Wrap middle strap around arm and secure to guard. Repeat with top and bottom straps going opposite direction of middle strap. Adjust tightness for a snug fit.
  • Dimensions: 12.75 inches long and 7.75 inches tall. The top strap is 12.5 inches long, the middle strap is 12.75 inches, and the bottom one is 12.25 inches.
  • Washing instructions: With fasteners attached, hand wash in warm water with mild detergent. Allow brace to air dry completely before reapplying. Do not use high temperatures to wash or dry.
  • Other features:
    • Fits right or left arm.
    • Simple and easy to use.
    • Made in the USA.
  • Color: Black with lime green binding.
Sizing for the kids elbow brace is one size fits all fitting biceps up to 9.75 inches
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