Why Do Children Suck Their Thumbs Or Fingers?

Prolonged finger and thumb sucking can cause minor physical problems like chapped skin, calluses, teeth alignment issues and fingernail infections. If you’re confused on when to start taking action, first know that more than three-quarters of infants suck their thumbs or fingers through the first year of life.

Most children will give up the habit on their own before they enter kindergarten.  If thumb sucking persists past their 5th birthday, however, there are some ways to help your child break the habit. To get rid of this habit, you can buy finger sucking glove via https://www.amazon.co.uk/Age-2-7-Stop-Thumb-Sucking/dp/B00VQU2DZS.

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First and foremost, we provide positive reinforcement. We encourage you to create a fun progress bar with your child. Together you can keep track of the days when your child breaks out of the rut and reward them with a small reward for succeeding every day!

For some children, talking to the dentist about why it is important not to suck the thumb more than talking to the mother or father is more effective. The bright side is that most children give up their own habits, but pressure on them to do so can lead to rebellion.

And what if kind words don't work? You explain to your child that it's time to stop and shower them with positivity, but you still find that your child is holding the blanket to the mouth with the thumb?