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Breaking The Habit Of Thumb Sucking

It is important to remember that most children between the ages of 2 and 4 give up their thumb-sucking habit. So if you're trying to get your child to quit, just ignore it. The pacifier usually gives up more quickly than the thumb or finger. You can also visit to know more about how to stop thumb sucking.

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If your child doesn't seem to be able to stop in time, positive reinforcements usually work better than negative ones (such as bitterness in the thumb). Here are some things you can try:

Praise and appreciation: Explain to your child why it's so important not to suck their thumb and think of a way to reward her for not doing it. Stickers or activities they enjoy might serve well. Instead of arguing, always gently remind your child when you see a thumb in your child's mouth and praise them when they stop.

Comfort and distraction: Children have many provocations for thumb sucking. Does your kid tend to do this when tired or stressed? If so, a few extra hugs or activities to hold those little hands can help.

Seeking help: If your child sucks on their thumb, finger, or pacifier, a dentist can help. Sometimes a brief talk with a caring dental expert is all that's required to help her know how it will help her teeth to beat the habit.

If necessary, a special oral device called a tongue pad (see example) can be provided which physically stops thumb sucking and can break the habit, usually for several months.