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Tips for Thumb Sucking in Children

  • October 23, 2020

Thumb-sucking develops as a coping mechanism in young children. Like the pacifier, children often suck their thumb to calm themselves down. While this natural habit can be helpful in early childhood, if it lasts too long it can cause serious problems with your child's dental development.

Why does my child start sucking his thumb?

Babies find their thumb in the first few months as they explore their body and environment. Many babies experiment with sucking their fingers and thumbs. Some even prefer their thumbs to pacifiers. You can Click here to know about the methods of getting rid of thumb sucking and finger sucking habits.

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Like a pacifier, the thumb offers something to feed on, just as a baby calms down naturally. Often times, this calming habit is used during times of stress, when you are tired or when you are separated from a parent or caregiver

Should I give my baby a pacifier so that his thumb doesn't suck?

Although we know that people have strong feelings about pacifiers and that many breastfeeding mothers have to wait to insert a pacifier while their routine work and milk supply are safe, we recommend using a pacifier on the thumb.

However, the main reason for choosing a pacifier that has too much on the thumb is that it is easier to break the habit. Pacifiers can be "lost" or removed from the child's everyday environment. 

Irene Kelly

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