So, why do children suck their thumbs?

The answer to this is very simple; they find comfort and a certain level of calmness while they are doing it. Most cases develop in the womb and is often triggered by something as simple as being nervous or as serious as being scared or feeling sick.

Not only does it damage teeth; the cost of installing braces is much more expensive and the torture of wearing them over the years to solve this problem is simply impractical. You can browse online to get information about finger sucking prevention in children.

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Some people will ask you to wait, but as you can see from my experience this may not be a good idea. You will be forced to tease or punish your child in certain ways, but this will only make the situation worse. Remember, they suck their thumbs for comfort and you will only force them to entertain themselves and beat your child if you punish and tease them

What can you do?

Encourage your child to find other ways to find comfort and safety. I gave my daughter a firefighter a teddy bear and it worked after the second month. You can also try items like blankets or bedside lamps that play soothing music.

You may want to remind your older children who are in thumb-sucking mode that it is socially unkind for them to do so in public. When they make a real effort, you should compliment them and encourage them to continue their good work.