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thumbsie® Blog: Thumb Sucking

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The Hidden Toll: The Effects of Thumb Sucking on Parents

Explore the effects of thumb sucking on parents, including emotional stress, financial burden, and social challenges. Learn strategies for coping and supporting children through this common habit.
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Breaking the Thumb Sucking Habit: A Path to Better Dental Health for Kids

Discover effective strategies to stop the thumb-sucking habit to promote better dental health for kids. Essential tips for parents to ensure a healthy smile! Breaking the thumb-sucking habit in children is crucial for dental health. It involves understanding the reasons behind the habit, providing alternative comforts, and seeking professional advice if needed. Introduction Thumb sucking doesn't have to be a[...]
Little boy asleep wearing fabric thumb guards

How can I get my child to stop sucking their thumb?

Sarah, a baby sleep expert from Teach To Sleep, tells us how you can help your little one learn to sleep without sucking their thumb or fingers. Before tackling Sleep Because sucking thumbs and fingers relieves stress and helps with regulating your child's emotions, choose a time when your child is in a good place (there's no illness, separation anxiety,[...]
Toddler thumb sucking

How to stop toddler thumb sucking

We discuss how to stop toddler thumb sucking and strategies to help you and your toddler resolve this habit. Seeing a small child with a thumb in their mouth can seem like one of the most natural sights of all. And in many ways, it is. Often babies start thumb sucking in the womb and continue after birth. Sucking a[...]
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Is there a significant sex difference in thumb sucking?

We explore if there is a significant sex difference in thumb sucking and if girls are more prone to a thumb sucking habit than boys. We all know that thumb sucking can be a habit which can be difficult to break. As a behavioural pattern if affects a large number of children – boys and girls. But is there any[...]
thumb and finger guard wearing girls

Does thumb sucking run in families?

We ask the question: what role does behavioural genetics play in thumb sucking? Every parent of a child who thumb sucks has tried to work out why they developed the habit. The psychology of thumb suckingcan be bewildering to many. Is it something I did as a parent? Many people even grow concerned that thumb sucking is genetic and may[...]
Thumb sucking vs dummies: breaking the habit

Thumb sucking vs dummies: breaking the habit

Sucking on either a thumb or a dummy is comforting and relaxing for a child. But evidence shows that both habits can be difficult to stop. For most children, these self-soothing actions will be a phase and will stop naturally. For a small number, however, they continue and can become a regular part of a child's life. So, which habit[...]
Junior school children arriving at school

Still Thumb Sucking?

With the new school year just around the corner, Thumbsie® offer our advice on how to cope with the anxiety and stress caused by thumb sucking at school. September is nearly here. Hard to believe, but it is. Your child may be excited and ready to go, or they may be nervy and anxious. Going back to school or starting[...]
Grey stars thumb sucking guard for children

Should I Purchase a Thumb Sucking Guard for My Child?

A Thumbsie® thumb-sucking guard is a great way to help your child stop putting thumbs in their mouth, helping ensure teeth grow properly. When a child sucks their thumb, parents can experience a range of different emotions. There can be frustration, anxiety and worry. Above all, mums and dads are often concerned about how to break their child’s habit. While there[...]
Pink Stars Unicorn Thumbsie® Thumb sucking Guard

Is a thumb sucking guard needed?

A thumb guard to stop thumb sucking can work incredibly well and help prevent long-term issues. Many parents are concerned with their child's thumb sucking. But they are unsure how to deal with this problem. One solution is a thumb sucking guard which protects a child's thumb and helps to stop this frustrating habit. Despite the proven track record of[...]
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