Thumb Sucking

Tackle Thumb Sucking in Children

Why it happens

Toddlers suck their thumbs because it’s comforting and calming. Your toddler probably practiced this habit while he was still in the womb and perfected it as an infant.
Now he may turn to his thumb when he’s tired, scared, bored, sick, or trying to adjust to challenges such as starting child care. He may also use his thumb to help him fall asleep at bedtime and to lull himself back to sleep when he wakes up in the middle of the night.

What to do about it

Thumb sucking can be a difficult habit for a child to break. Understand what you can do to help your child stop sucking his or her thumb.
  • Talk to your child. Explain what you’re worried about. Kids respond better when they know why they are being told “no.”
  • Enforce thumb sucking limits.
  • Help your child recognize the habit. Not all kids are conscious that they are sucking their thumbs, especially when they’re bored or tired. Pointing it out can help them become more self-aware.
  • Enlist your dentist’s help. Your dentist will help you with a proper treatment plan and different habit breaking appliances according to the kids need.
  • Try an Unpleasant Remedy
  • Try reward system

How we would help you

  • Proper patient and guardian counseling.
  • Habit breaking appliances for your kids.
  • For kids who have already displaced their teeth with this habit orthodontic treatment available.

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