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How to Help Your Child Stop Thumb Sucking

The only person who really can decide to stop sucking their thumb or finger is your child. That's sad, but there are things you can do to encourage the process.

Talk to your child about thumb sucking

You need your child buy-ins for them to stop this habit. Talk about why it's important and let them know you are there to help them when they need it. You can also purchase thumb sucking prevention devices for your children online via

Offer positive reinforcement and encouragement

Remember thumb sucking is normal and natural to bring comfort to your child's habits, so as to punish, scold or nag them do not work. They are more likely to keep sucking your thumb to entertain themselves from angry emotional discipline to it.

Remove the thumb or fingers after they fell asleep

Even if your child reverts to suck your thumb to fall asleep at night, do not need to leave the digit in their mouth all night. Your child's arm wraps around a teddy bear instead.

Help your child become self-aware

When you see your child sucking their thumb, ask them, "Do you know that you suck your thumb?" They may not realize they are involved in habit as often as they do. Help your child find other ways to soothe themselves, such as a blanket or stuffed animal or cuddle with you.

Cover Finger or thumb them with a Band-Aid

It can serve as a physical reminder soft that they're trying to stop sucking their thumb or fingers and work best when your child is actively working to stop the habit.