August 26, 2013


I have a few kids in my class who have their fingers in their mouths all. the. time. My standard approach is to ask them to please go wash their hands, then bang my head on a wall. Sometimes we even break out a pair of winter gloves after the twentieth time. It serves as a good reminder.

Side memory: I used to have a boy, Michael, who always had his finger jammed up his nose. He wasn’t even picking it, just plugging it. I would out band-aids with hearts to remind him that ‘loving finger stay out of noses’ or some such nonsense, and not two minutes later he had his bandaged finger in his nostril. “Michael, why are you doing that?” I asked in exasperation. He shrugged and said, “I just like it.”

Well, it’s hard to argue with that.

Anyway, the mom of one of my current thumb-suckers started using Thum, a nail-polish-type stuff that tastes bad, and darned if her son had non-saliva-coated hands the next day! She hasn’t been keeping up with it, though, so I bought my own bottle and am going to ask if I can give him a manicure when the need arises.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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5 Responses to “Thum”

  1. Kris Said on:

    Hey, we need that over here! Did you find it at WalMart? If so, in what department?


    • Lauren Said on:

      I looked in WalMart, but found it at Walgreens. I was looking in the wrong department, though -- it was with the baby stuff, not the nail stuff.


  2. Peggy Said on:

    I wonder if they have a product for kids who just like to stick their fingers up their nose. I guess it would just have to smell really bad. Although for boys….that might make them want to stick it up there all the more.


  3. Brad Said on:

    I used to bite my nails all the time. I considered using that stuff, but never did. I don’t remember when I stopped the nail biting or how.


  4. Curt Said on:

    Would dipping their fingers in vinegar work? Or is that hazardous? This wouldn’t work for me though. I like vinegar. Mmmm….salt & vinegar chips. My mouth waters just thinking about them.


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