How Can I Help My Child Stop Thumb Sucking?

A very common habit among kids, thumb sucking can be very difficult to break. Understanding thumb sucking can help you encourage your child to stop the behavior. But why do children do this? Babies have natural sucking reflexes which can make them put their thumbs into their mouths. You can get more information about different ways to stop sucking thumb by reading online.

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And since this makes babies feel secure, there are those who develop this habit when they go to sleep or are trying to soothe themselves. Here are some tips to help you.

Limit the time your child's thumb sucks, explaining to them that this is only an activity they can do at home and during sleeping time.

Do not confront your child and tell them to stop thumb sucking directly. Recognize and praise them when they are not doing it, instead of criticizing when they are.

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

Do not use those commercial products designed to stop thumb sucking. This is a cruel way to get your child to break the habit.

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

Do not use a mitten or glove as a quick fix to stop the habit. Doing so will only frustrate them and cause more anxiety, making them want to thumb suck all the more.

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