Thumb Sucking vs. Pacifiers

Baby Thumb Sucking

Parents of thumb sucking infants will usually question whether they should use a pacifier as a substitute for the thumb. It is important to note that there is no research to back the claim that one should be preferred than the other. The advantages and disadvantages of use of thumb sucking and pacifier is not clear cut, there are some issues which parents must consider.

Some claim that one advantage of using pacifiers include the ability of the parents to control when the baby will be allowed to use it and being able to take the device away when it no longer proper. However, the use of pacifier increases the child’s risk of incurring middle ear infection when they continuously use it after 1 year of age. On the other hand, some claim that the use of thumb-sucking has the advantage of not interfering with breast feeding and that the child will stop at age 3-5. But, if this becomes a habit after that age, it can lead to dental and speech problem.

What parents must realize is that there is no reason to encourage the babies to use either of these methods. The sucking instinct of the infant can be satisfied thorough bottle and breastfeeding. For those who have a habit for thumbsucking as they found comfort on it, there is other way on how to break it. Pacifier sucking and thumbsucking must be addressed the earliest possible time so as not to have any problems in the future. This can be done by using some products which helps in eliminating the problem in a healthy and fun way.

One of the most effective and positive way of addressing thumb sucking problem is the use of thumb guards. The latter is a device made from spandex materials which is non-toxic and safe. It is also available on different styles, designs and color which every child would love to wear all day. With this, the child’s attention is diverted from thumb sucking. They give a skin like feel to the pacifier but without the taste and texture of the thumb to which the child is dependent upon. With this, the child will be discouraged from sucking on his fingers.

Eliminating thumb sucking and pacifier use should use method which is not harsh and cruel to the child. It must be something which is friendly, playful and caring. Parents should be patient and determined to eliminate this habit but must not resort to punishing and spanking. This can just lead to some psychological problem of the baby. Rather, approach the problem in a positive way such as the use of thumb guards and other methods like giving them gifts if they will stop resorting to the habit. It is also very important to explain to the child the disadvantages of this habit and how getting rid of it can be beneficial for them.

Help your child get rid of thumb sucking and pacifier without any fuss or sadness with thumb guards. Packages will usually include a toy which can help in eliminating the habit fast; take a look at all our Glovey Huggey