How to Stop Thumb Sucking from Live In Nanny

How to Stop Thumb Sucking

Most children start sucking their thumb while they are still a baby. For babies, a comforting hormone is released when they suck on something like a pacifier or their own thumb. That is why many babies cease crying once they have something to suck on. However, medical research shows that thumb sucking can lead to serious future dental problems. It is important to break your child’s thumb sucking habit as early as possible. Here are some tips to help your child stop thumb sucking.

Thumb guard
Thumb guards may not work on older children, so if you prefer this method, it is best to use it while your child is still very young. The purpose of a thumb guard is to make it uncomfortable for a child to suck his or her thumb.

For the most part, thumb guards are safe for children. However, you may want to talk with your pediatrician before you start using one on your child. Your child’s pediatrician can give you safety advice and inform you of certain danger signs that you should be aware of.

Instruction:
If your child is older, perhaps around the age of four or five years old, you should try instructing them not to suck their thumb. Because it is a habit for most children, you will need to keep your eye on your child. Once your child begins sucking his or her thumb, simply inform them that they are sucking their thumb and they need to remove it from their mouth. You will need patience as your child may not officially break his or habit right away. In fact, it could take weeks or even months before your child realizes that you will always tell him or her to stop sucking their thumb.

Rewards:
Some children are motivated to change by incentives. If you give your child a reason to break his thumb sucking habit, he may try his best to stop. Make sure the reward matches the level of effort he has to exhort to break his habit. If you know that it will be difficult for your child to break the habit, make sure you reward him accordingly. Of course, you can’t expect your child to try without any assurance that he will receive a reward. Therefore, set your expectations low at first and raise them when you realize that your child is making progress.

For example, start by making your child a goal of not sucking his thumb for a few hours. If he accomplishes that goal, give him a reward. Next, make the goal a little harder; he can’t suck his thumb for a whole day. If he accomplishes that goal, give him a greater reward. Keep doing this until your child breaks his habit completely.

These are only a few tips on how to stop thumb sucking. Use your creativity to blend these tips or come up with tips that will specifically help your child.

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This guest post is contributed by Debra Johnson, blogger and editor of Liveinnanny.com. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: Рjdebra84 @ gmail.com.

 

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