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Was doing some research about products that stop thumb and finger sucking in the attempt to find the best products I could. It seems there is a lot of "snake oil" out there and I wanted to publish my results. If anyone has used any of these products please post your results! 

I'm going to arrange this list from most expensive to least expensive. 

1. Handaid 
Offers a money back guarantee if it doesn't work. 
Claim over 98% success rate 
Made in USA of tear proof fabric (soft and flexible)
Seems to be the only one that is safe for babies through teens (or even adults)
Has a closure system that kids can't take off themselves
Lots of reviews
Sold in pairs
Has options for finger or thumb suckers (finger one is higher price)
Claim over 98% success rate 
Patented closure and design (from what I could find)
Child can use the hands yet. Doesn't stop them from doing stuff
Ships worldwide

Expensive but I didn't find any negative reviews on yelp or other sites.

Where to buy - I couldn't find these at any dealer but I did find them (which seems to have more info and videos) and like the older version)
They seem to only sell direct being these are custom made for children.

2. T Guard 
Offers a money back guarantee if it doesn't work. 
Claim over 95% success rate for 3+ year olds (assuming it doesn't work as well for smaller children)
Patented (Though it doesn't say what part)
Made in USA of medical grade plastic (soft and flexible)
Sold in pairs 
Has options for finger or thumb suckers (same price)
Child can use the hands yet. Doesn't stop them from doing stuff

Pretty expensive yet
Closure looks like a wrist band (can't get it off but needs a new band every time). I know my son can chew through a plastic wrist band (we go to the water parks)
Can the child bite off the plastic and ingest it? (Scary if so)
Doesn't look like the child has as much use of the hand like the handaid one but still not too bad. 
Not custom fit but offers sizes. Some picks look like the product is pretty big or doesn't fit right.
Looking at the amazon reviews, the 95% rating is wrong. Check it out - 
After reading the reviews I'm kinda going to stop with the cons... they are all listed in that review. 

Where to buy - All over. This thing is everywhere it seems.

3. Glovey Huggey 
Many colors available (cool looking)
2-8 year olds
Has options for finger or thumb suckers
Patent Pending

Button style closure (kids can get off themselves) 
Spandex material (which can be harmful if ingested) 
only 2 sizes available
Says right at the bottom of their home page - CAUTION – Parent must supervise child to insure child does not attempt to bite off buttons/capsules which can become a choking hazard. (Yikes) has a non-returnable policy if the gloves were at all used.
Reviews are about 60% average according to Amazon.

4. Thumbusters - 
Many colors
Free Shipping (in USA)
Made in USA

Velcro Closure (can easily come off)
No fitment options (one size fits all)
4-12 year olds only
Cheaply made - reviews say it came apart after 1 washing.
Reviews are about 50% or less worked - 

Liquid Nail Polishes - Various types
Cheap and they have been around forever it seems
Hard to get off
Easy to apply
Not a glove so no fitment issues

Ingredients listings like this scare the carp out of me - 
Active Ingredients:Cayenne Pepper Extract, Citric Acid.
Inactive Ingredients:Isopropyl Alcohol, Acetone, Lacquer. from 
Amazon reviews were mixed depending on the product.

Can buy anywhere though it seems.

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If your child is really determined, I wouldn't waste money on any of those, they can get them off instantly. 

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