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How Can I Help My Child Stop Thumb Sucking?

Understanding thumb sucking can help you encourage your child to stop the behaviour. But why do the children do it? Babies have a natural sucking reflex that can put their thumbs in their mouths. And since this makes babies feel safe. Here is the answer to your question "how to stop thumb sucking, finger sucking among kids?".

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  • Limit the thumb sucking time of your child, explaining that it is an activity they can do at home and during sleep time.

  • Do not scold your child and tell them to stop thumb sucking immediately. Appreciate and compliment them when they do not, instead of scolding when they do finger sucking.

  • Discuss with your child about their thumb-sucking behaviour. Tell them you'll be there to help them when they want to stop this habit.

  • Practice self-awareness, help your child to recognize if they are sucking their thumb and offering other ways to soothe like a stuffed animal or blanket.

  • Think of creative ways to get your child to understand that he is already growing and he should stop the habit already.

  • Keep in mind that your child will eventually go out of their need to suck their thumbs when they are good and ready. They will eventually give up the habit.

  • If you have concerns about the effects of thumb sucking on your child's teeth, visit your dentist now.