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Thumb Sucking: Help your Child Break the Habit

Thumb sucking is a common habit among children. At some point, though, you might think, “Enough is enough.” Here’s help encouraging your child to stop the behavior.

Why do some children suck their thumbs?

Babies have natural rooting and sucking reflexes, which can cause them to put their thumbs or fingers into their mouths — sometimes even before birth.

Because thumb sucking is soothing to babies, some might eventually develop a habit of thumb sucking when they’re bored, tired or anxious.

Many children who suck their thumbs or fingers do so while holding a treasured object, such as a security blanket. Read more