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thumbsie® Blog: Thumb Sucking

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Help your child to stop thumb sucking before starting school

Help your child to stop thumb sucking before starting school

Is your child starting ‘big school’ for the first time this September, and if so, are you prepared? Never mind the shiny new shoes, bright book bag and colour co-ordinating hair accessories... have you stocked up on tissues, bought some good coffee and got a friend on speed dial in case you need support leaving the playground after drop-off? Watching your[...]
Child sleeping whilst sucking her thumb

How to stop thumb sucking

Thumb and Finger sucking are totally natural for young children. Children often suck their thumb or finger right from birth, or even before; it is a natural habit which can bring comfort, reassurance and relaxation. Most children give up sucking easily before starting school, but in some cases that doesn’t happen naturally.  Once adult teeth start to grow in, thumb or[...]
Problem with thumb sucking: teeth

The Problems with Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking is a natural source of comfort for children; sucking on thumbs, fingers and dummies makes babies and young children feel secure and happy.  There are even images of babies sucking digits in the womb – perhaps your child is one of those!  The habit can also kick in when children are bored, tired or anxious.  Most children stop by[...]
Prince Louis thumb sucker

Is Prince Louis a Thumb Sucker? He is Certainly No Dummy…

It was heartening, last weekend, to see the Duchess of Cambridge gently remove her son Louis’ thumb from his mouth as they watched the Trooping of the Colour flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony.  She did what most mother’s do when they want their children to stop a habit – she distracted him.  He took his thumb out of his[...]
Bundles of Joy for Thumb or Finger Suckers

Bundles of Joy for Thumb or Finger Suckers

If you are lucky enough to be at home over half term, you may experience two things: One - you have more time with your children….which means... Two - you notice that persistent sucking habit more than usual. Have you decided (once again) that the thumb or finger sucking has to stop?  Are you ready for a new approach that[...]
Child sleeping whilst sucking her thumb

How to Give Up the Thumb Sucking Habit Successfully

Habits are quite often unconscious and that is why they are hard to break. The word habit comes from France and originally meant a ‘dress’ or ‘attire’ it is only relatively recently that it has come to mean a regular practice, one that is normally hard to give up. Thumb sucking is a very natural reflex for children, a habit[...]
Thumb Sucking And Nail Biting

So thumb sucking and nail biting is OK!

According to the recent press, experts have revealed that thumb sucking and nail biting in young children may mean that they are less likely to develop allergies later in childhood, according to a new study that spanned three decades. It's a dilemma that I once faced and is faced by millions of parents worldwide – how do you stop your[...]
Crying child - is thumb or dummy better for pacifying?

Thumb or Dummy – Which is Better?

Everyone, whether they have children or not probably has an opinion on thumb sucking. Many people have their own views whether they have experienced it with their own child or not. But thumb or dummy  - which is better? Once they have started sucking on a dummy how can you stop your toddler from popping their thumb in their mouth[...]
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