While most little ones grow out of thumbsucking on their own, some may need a little help to kick the habit. Persistent and intensive thumbsucking can be harmful to a child, causing dental, health and social issues. Here are four ways to help your little one stop the habit!
- Provide Alternative Comfort - Babies who suck their thumbs for comfort may stop if you hold them, give more attention or play some soothing songs.
- Distract - Distracting the child with finger games, sign language or keeping him busy whenever he is going to suck his thumb can help.
- Replace the Habit - Try asking your child to close his fingers over his thumb whenever he feels like thumbsucking.
- Show the Consequences – If your child is old enough to understand, explain the problems it may cause to her teeth. You can find images to show her online.
With support and encouragement, your child can stop the habit!