How to help your Child stop thumb sucking

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From their birth, apart from mom’s milk, the quiches to children are… their thumbs. Quite a few children suck their thumbs anytime, anywhere, thus worrying their moms. Then, thumb sucking is beneficial or harmful to them?

Since uttering a cry, when brought into the world, a child’s mouth is one of the organs that operate first. During the newborn period, thumb sucking is one of the indications that the child is hungry and needs milk sucking. 90% of newborn babies suck their thumbs when hungry, and they will gradually get into this habit even when they stop milk sucking.

1. Why does your child often suck its thumbs?

Thumb sucking is a common manifestation in small children, particularly 3-4 months old. Most act of thumb sucking is resulted from the child’s feeling of depression or anxiety. When the child worries, thumb sucking is a way to set its mind at rest and find the feeling of its mom’s milk-breasts again, as if it was near its mom, thus feeling more secure.

2. Benefits from thumb sucking

  • Comfortable Feelings, Psychology

    Soon after brought into the world, milk sucking, sucking are natural reactions and a need of newly-born babies; nevertheless, it is not any time that milk sucking is possible for a baby, therefore the child chooses the way of thumb sucking to satisfy its addiction. With thumb sucking, the child feels very peaceful and comfortable, without surliness or wailing…

  • Speeding up the Development of Neutral Functions

    Thumb sucking has the effect of stimulating the touch, smell and taste organs, enabling to speed up neutral functions, at the same time helping the child suck its mom’s milk better, keeping the mom’s tit tighter in its mouth…

  • Signal of Metal Power Development

    When the child can put its thumb into the mouth, this indicates that the organ that controls the movements of the child’s muscles can coordinate in accordance with its will. This is one of the first signals of mental power development.

3. Is thumb sucking bad for children?

Many mothers believe that thumb sucking would result in hygienic problems; but in reality, the harmful points of thumb sucking not lie in these problems.

  • The Issue of Hygiene
    Thumb sucking is one of the causes that enable microbes, bacteria to penetrate into the body. In case the child’s immunity ability is not good, this is likely to cause contagious diseases.
  • The Effect of Face Development
    That the child sucks the thumb too deeply will make it easy to vomit, particularly after taking food and drink. In children with acts of sucking strongly and continuously (even chewing or using the tongue to push out) may cause some thumb skin, tooth and jaw lesions. That thumb skin cracks again and again and ulcerates will make it possible for microbes from the outside to penetrate into the skin, causing Pyodermites. Thumb sucking many times and for many days can also result in deformation of thumb bone, creating abnormal shape of thumb; or even deformed teeth and jaws; the child will have buck teeth (as the teeth and jaws are pushed outside) or have no teeth (as one jaw is pushed inside); unbalanced occlusion; language disorders.
  • Thumbs are Vulnerable
    That the child sucks the thumb many times and for many days will not only flats the thumb tip but also affects the normal development of the hand bone. When the child has teeth yet still keeps linking this kind of “food”, then its thumb is very likely to be injured when the child unintentionally ‘grinds in’.
  • Not Good for Character Development
    For many children, thumb sucking is enough. That is not only their favorite “meal” but a way to play with themselves. Therefore, the child will not participate in other activities than lying the whole day and sucking its thumb. If this keeps on for a long time will gradually affect the child’s psychology, intelligence and character formation.

Ways to Help Your Child Stop Thumb Sucking

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In order to minimize the act of sucking thumb, first, the mother should ensure a cozy environment with care. When noticing the child’s thumb sucking, the mother may embrace the child, coddling and using her hand to pull the child’s hand out so that it won’t go on sucking.

  • Making the child pay attention to other things: As soon as as the child intends to raise its thumb towards the mouth, you try to distract its attention by encouraging the child to take part in a game with which it has to use both hands.
  • Friends’ support: Friends play an important role for children at all ages. If the mother let the child get acquainted with those friends who do not have the habit of sucking thumb, then this will exert good impact on the child. The mother should ask the child’s friends to remind when seeing it’s thumb sucking, gradually, the child will automatically leave this habit.
  • Choosing the time when the child is prepared: If the child says “Mom, thumb sucking is bad, isn’t it? I don’t want to be bad”, then it’s time it needs your support. At this moment, the child has sense of shame; therefore, the mother and the child should have particular “secret signals”; for example, when the child raise its hand unconsciously, you can try to give a secret signal so that the child can be “conscious”.
  • Other measure: Winding adhesive tape around the thump which the child always sucks to remind it that this is an unpermitted act. If the act of thumb sucking recurs seriously, you should seek the advice of your doctor. In order to prevent the habit of unconscious thumb sucking, your doctor may prescribe some kind of solution to apply to the child’s thumb.
  • The best know-how is to be by the child’s side always, to create joyful atmosphere such as holding the child’s hand in your hand in pass play, holding things to make it a habit for the child to forget thumb sucking and to strengthen the attachment between mother and child.

After reading the article above, it is for sure that mothers, to some extent, have found out their own answer to the question what influence of thumb sucking on the children who do not want to be milk fed and what the mothers should do. Let’s help our children promptly give up this bad habit from the beginning. Wishing your families all the best of health and happiness and don’t forget to travel with Tipsmom to have further useful information for the health of the mothers and their beloved children! 

One Comment on “How to help your Child stop thumb sucking

  • Often we notice that children tend to have prominent front teeth that protrude out while talking, smiling or even when not in movement. It can become a big problem as they grow older because the teeth enamel will continue to grow and cause problems while chewing, talking, and might even make them feel conscious about their appearance. Thus, it is important to correct buck teeth at an early stage to avoid problems in the future. This treatment can be done in one stage during early adolescence (age 10 to 16) or two stages with the first stage between 7 to 11 and the second stage between 11 to 16.
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