Helping Your Child to Stop Sucking Their Thumb

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Thumb sucking can be a normal part of childhood. Most kids grow out of the habit by age four, or when their permanent teeth start to come in. If your child continues to suck their thumb, there are things you can do to help them kick the habit.

Thumb sucking can be the result of stress or anxiety. If this is the problem talk with your child to find out what may be bothering them, and find ways to them her when they show signs of stopping. If your child is old enough, you can talk with them about the problems that can be caused by thumb sucking and about ways to stop. If your child is sucking their thumb during the day, you can give them plenty of activities that will keep their hands busy. If they are sucking their thumb at night, try putting them to bed with a glove or a sock on their hand. Our dentist, Dr. Sylvia Ramirez Flores can also give you some ideas about how to stop your child from sucking thumbsucking and help you to talk with them about the problem.

If your child needs to stop sucking their thumb in Mission, Texas, you can find some solutions at Flores Dental Care. If you need to schedule a visit, call 956-583-0055 today to make an appointment.