Sunday, 17 November 2013

Thumb Sucking – How can you help your kids to get out of this impulsive habit?

Thumb Sucking is one of the major worries for parents if their kids develop this habit as they grow. There are various reasons for kids getting into this habit. For some kids it is a natural impulse that gets started in the womb itself. As they grow they continue this as a habit.


When Kids feel tired and restless they start sucking their fingers. Some Children develops this habit when their first teeth getting breakthrough. Since this action is relaxing, babies find it easy to fall asleep.

It is not much to worry about this habit if the kids are under the age of five and it is not impacting their fingers or baby teeth. But if the thumb sucking is very intense and vigorous then it will affect the teeth formation and structure of the mouth. In such case parents’ intervention is required to help the kids to get out of this habit. You can try some of the tips given below to change this habit.

Redirect to different activity:

When you see kid started putting fingers into their mouth, don’t pull them off but try to redirect their mind into different activities. You can show them impressive toys, take them out to play, ask them to help you in simple tasks etc. This helps kids to be active and they forget to put the fingers into mouth.

Make them engaged:

Toddlers love to play with their parents. Parents should turn themselves into kid’s mindset and play with them on the same rhythm. This will make kids feel happy and they enjoy your presence rather sucking their fingers.

Talk and make them understand:

If they are grown up kids, it is good to speak to them and make them understand the impacts of thumb sucking. You can show the irregular tooth and mouth pictures, so that they can understand the other side of their habits.

Motivate and reward their success:

Let them have some target like if they don’t put fingers for a day you will reward them with their favorite toys. This will motivate them to work on this goal. This will give real benefits over a period of time.

Encourage them to quit:

Kids love to listen encouraging words, you can use this as a leverage to help your kids to quit Thumb sucking habit. Keep encouraging them for not putting their fingers all the time. This develops conscious thought in their mind to get applause from you.

Develop a Preventive system:

Finally, if all the above methods fail, you can develop some preventive system which can remind your kids when they try to put their fingers into mouth. Try using Band-Aid, Vinegar, socks to cover up the fingers, long full sleeve shirts stitched at the end, so it prevents them thumb sucking.  Don’t project this as a punishment, but make them understand that you are helping them out.

Hope the above tips helps to some extent, inviting your comments to add more valuable points in this topic…

26 comments:

Launna said...

This one is always a tough one, neither of my children sucked their thumbs but I had a niece and nephew that did... it took a long time to break the habit.

Anita said...

great post :) very useful!

Paola Lauretano said...

Interesting post, Tnx for sharing!!!!
Have a great start of the week!

Bob Bushell said...

Poor babes, it is a worry isn't it.

Tessa~ said...

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Betsy Adams said...

I had 3 sons --and only one of them had this problem. He was the 'baby'--3rd one. AND he didn't suck his thumb--but one of his fingers instead… He also had a special 'blankie' which he wouldn't turn loose of!!!! Today, he is 42 yrs old---so we made it through those wonderful years.

Hugs,
Betsy

Janika R. said...

Great post dear. Very useful indeed.

xo
Janika

MyMaracas said...

Good information! I had an awful time getting my first son to give up his pacifier, but the second son had no interest in them, or in his thumbs. My doctor always said not to worry about it, or about toilet training - they won't be going off to college in diapers or with a pacifier. This too shall pass.

Susie Swanson said...

I never had a child to suck their thumb but I know several that do. It's security for them , I think. Thanks for the comments on mine.

Life's a shoe said...

I did this when I was a kid too! what my parents did was to put chili on the to fingers I use to suck on before I slept. It totally worked!

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Pat Hatt said...

haha yeah seen a few, great list of many things one can do

Chubskulit Rose said...

My kids did this when they were babies especially when they sleep but they just quit when they were around two.

mail4rosey said...

Oh I never thought of vinegar. Yet another great way to use it. :)

Nee said...

Great post , 4 kids , none sucked their thumb or fingers , I was lucky and will pass this helpful advice along .
Thanks for stopping by my blog and I will be back , thanks for sharing ")

SweetMarie said...

My son never wanted to suck his thumb. I was so happy he didn't. :)

A Lady's Life said...

I also found distraction worked a lot

Theresa said...

Mine didn't do the thumb sucking, but my youngest took the the pacifier like nobody's business. It did start to affect her teeth, so we cut holes on them all so they wouldn't appeal to her anymore.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

These are helpful tips! I don't have any kids yet, but I will keep this in mind for the future :)

Gattina said...

A pacifier will help.

Deb said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Long, LONG ago, my daughter who is now in her 40s sucked her thumb. We figured that it would stop in time and not to fret over it. Sure 'nough she outgrew it. But then, later, she picked up another bad habit...chasing boys when a teen. LOL

Sorry, I know that was really inappropriate, but it's early and I just woke up. That's my excuse and I'm gonna stick by it.

In all seriousness tho, this is a great, informative post for young parents!!!! Well done.

Daisy said...

My sons fortunately never had this problem when they were small. Good information, though. Thanks.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Excellent information - wish I had this when my 4 were little. Two of mine were thumb suckers and one did lots of damage to his teeth and palate and had to wear braces and orthodontic devices for many years. It was expensive and painful and If I had only known.... Thank you for sharing and for your sweet visit. xo Karen

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: thanks for your visit to my blog dedicated to Barbies. I really like your blog. Nice pictures. I already did a follower of your blog. thanks for your advice ... Keep in touch

My Garden Diaries said...

This is such a good post!! I have a major thumb sucker so these tips are very useful!!

Kay said...

Thank you very much for your comment on my blog. You have a wonderful blog with so much great information. I could have used your thumb sucking information for my granddaughter. Her teeth are now very crooked.

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