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Fun thumb & finger guards to help stop thumb sucking

Thumb Sucking

Like many parents, you may be concerned that your child sucks their thumb. You may have been told by the dentist or a friend that if they continue to suck their thumb, it may be harmful to their teeth.

Medical and child psychology experts assure us that thumb sucking and finger sucking is one of a range of natural infant reflexes. It may help them soothe themselves and for some children it can help them fall asleep.

If your child cannot stop sucking their thumb or fingers on their own by the ages of two to four, they may need some help.

I am not a medical expert, but I am a mum of three children and I too, was once looking for a solution to help my child. I have been making Thumbsies® fabric thumb guards and also finger guards for over three years now. In this time I have had many conversations with parents of habitual thumb suckers, so I hope that I can help.

In my experience, there are particular aspects of this habit that people want to discuss and understand more fully. For more specific questions on any of our products, you might like to visit our FAQ page. It might also be worth you reading does wearing a Thumbsie really work as well as our Thumbsie® reviews.

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Further articles to read:

Theres a patient leaflet on the British Orthodontic Society website entitled “Dummy and thumb sucking habits” you can download a pdf version.

The Bad Habit of Thumb Sucking – Dr. Rhea M. Haugseth (Ga.) shares the consequences of the long term habit for the readers of Parents Magazine. The news brief appeared in the June 2010 issue.

“It can change the shape and size of the palate, so she may need a retainer or brace that she may not have otherwise,” said Rhea Haugseth, D.M.D., a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Breaking the thumb sucking habit – By Siobhan Harris

WebMD Feature

Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks

Read the feature here

Problems with thumb sucking – Siobhan Freegard, founder of the parenting site Netmums

She says: “This is a very common habit with around 45% of toddlers doing it, but most naturally grow out of it.”

 Most children stop on their own accord by around the age of 5. If your child is over the age of five and still sucks their thumb you may want them to break the habit.

“Studies show 15% of five-year-olds and one in 20 children aged 11 still suck their thumbs,” says Siobhan.