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How to Stop Child From Sucking Thumb

How Did Your Child Give Up Sucking Her Thumb?

Parents have strong feelings about what their lil ones use to soothe themselves. From the moment their wee ones arrive, they make the decision to either offer the tots a pacifier or leave them to find a soothing technique of their own. While pacifier-users tout the ability to take the artificial nipples away when the time comes, there's something to be said for the convenience and constant proximity of a thumb.

For the 18 percent of LilSugar readers whose tykes are fascinated with their own appendages, the difficulty comes when it is time for the kids to stop sucking. Doctors and dentists agree that prolonged thumb sucking can lead to misaligned teeth, mouth malformation, and speech issues, and it is usually recommended that kids stop by the age of 5.

But how do you stop your child from doing something that you can't actually take away from her? What did you do to stop your child from sucking her thumb?

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MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I think some children need objects or actions to help them soothe themselves, so i don't agree with refusing to let them. Generally, they wean themselves off them slowly as they become more comfortable, so unless its damaging them physically in some way, I don't think its neccesary to cold turkey stop them. That's just my opinion.
Moms Moms 7 years
I love the picture too!
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
Cute pic. I never have problem because our son never sucks his thumb (we didn't let him), the key was to stop it as soon as you can (imho) or to never let them begin in the first place. It works too for pacifiers, we never let him use one, hence we don't have to wean him off it.
meandtheo meandtheo 7 years
i would love some answers on this question. my daughter is two and a half and sucks her thumb. she only does it with her lovely in hand, which is while reading or while sleeping (or if she takes it to a new place and feels uncomfortable). i don't think it is an issue now but it may get there...
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