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Helping Children To Stop Thumb And Finger Sucking

There are several things you can do to help your child stop thumb sucking. It's important to focus on the positive and reward your child. 

Depending on your child's age and abilities, you can try the following suggestions:

Reward and offer encouragement –  for example, with a hug or praise to strengthen their decision to stop the habit. You can also visit Nipit to buy the best thumb-sucking guard for your child.

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Limit nagging – when kids feel they are being nagged, they become frustrating.

Mark their progress on a calendar – for example, put an asterisk or tick mark for each period (such as a day or week) that the child doesn't suck their thumb or finger. Offer outings or special toys when children make it through the period successfully.

Promote connection – for example with special toys.

Reminder – Give children gloves to remind them not to suckle or put bad-tasting nail colors (which are offered by pharmacies) on their fingers or thumbs. Placing the patch on their thumb before bed is added reminder.

Offer a distraction – while your kid is watching TV, have toys ready for children to play with. During this time, sit next to the baby and hug to help them not to suck.  In the car, have toys available to keep them engaged.

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