Help Children Quit Thumb Sucking

It can be really hard to help your child break the habit of thumb sucking. However, it is very important to do so as early as possible as many orthodontic problems can arise as a result of thumb sucking. Below are some helpful tips to help your child kick the thumb sucking habit. Thanks for visiting us at Saddle Rock Pediatric Dentistry of Aurora, CO.

Thumb sucking can cause problems with your child’s teeth and mouth, so it’s best to have the child quit the habit early.

The American Dental Association suggests how to help children stop thumb sucking:

  • Give your child lots of attention and praise for not sucking the thumb.
  • Offer plenty of support and comfort, as children tend to suck the thumb when they are anxious.
  • If the child is older, let him or her help decide the best method to quit thumb sucking.
  • Ask your dentist to talk to your child about the problems that can occur from thumb sucking.
  • Bandage the thumb, especially at night.

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