How To Help Your Child Stop Sucking Their Thumb

If you consider trying to get your child to stop thumb sucking, you will find that whatever method you choose has the best chance of succeeding if your child wants to quit too. 

Assisting your kid to stop thumb sucking depends on their age. You can also know more about how to stop thumb sucking habit of your child through various online sources.

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For older children, talking to your child may be sufficient, especially if they are teased by other children. 

If at some point your child doesn't want to stop sucking his thumb, it's best to just ignore the behavior. Sometimes the more you pay attention to him, the more persistent he will be.

Here are other ways to help your baby stop sucking his thumb:

Notice  your child's thumb sucking triggers 

Some children suck their thumbs when they are tired, bored, hungry, or anxious. If they seem like thumb sucking is a self-soothing strategy in a stressful situation, try to understand the root cause of their fear so you can work on it. 

The next time they suck their thumbs, try engaging them in activities that use their hands and don't let thumb-sucking be a means of gaining recognition, be it positive or negative.

Use positive reinforcement

Encourage your child to stop the behavior by praising them if they don't suck their thumbs or by letting them track their lack of behavior using sticker cards.

Use a thumb guard

There are several types of plastic or soft cloth thumb protectors available without a prescription if your child needs to be reminded not to suck their thumb. Your kid may wear it all the time or when they are most likely to suck their thumb. 

So, try these methods to stop your child’s thumb-sucking habit.