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thumbsie® Blog: Wellbeing

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Coeliac Disease in Children

Coeliac disease is often talked about, but what exactly is it? And how can it impact children? What is coeliac disease? Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition where the body cannot process gluten and so the immune system starts to attack its own tissues. This can cause damage to your gut and lead to a range of symptoms including bloating,[...]

How to stop skin picking: tips and strategies for Dermatillomania

If you or a member of your family has a skin picking problem, this article will help you discover effective tips and strategies to break the habit. Stopping skin picking involves using a combination of strategies to address both the physical and psychological aspects of the habit. Introduction Simply put, skin picking is a disorder where an individual cannot stop[...]
Father brushing his little daughter's hair

What does hair twirling mean?

Help break the habit. Like many parents, at Thumbsie® we have noticed that there is a tendency for children who thumb suck to also twirl their hair. This may seem like an innocent habit, but in some cases, it can grow into an obsession which is difficult to stop. So, what is hair twirling? Why does it happen? And why[...]
Travel Sickness Blog

Travel sickness: How to help

2021 will be the summer of the staycation. But before you can enjoy your UK holiday, you have to get there first! After 18 months of travel restrictions, many of us will be enjoying a well-deserved summer holiday in the UK this year. Most children, however, will not have travelled long distances for some time. How should we help our[...]
sore thumb from thumb sucking

Skincare for thumb suckers: healing cracked or split thumbs

One of the most frustrating side-effects of thumb sucking is damaged skin. Here we offer our top tips on how to care for skin which may be cracked or split. Many of the most common side-effects of thumb sucking, such as teeth alignment issues, are well known. But one potential complication of thumb sucking that is less often discussed is[...]
girl hair twirling whist thumb sucking

How a Thumbsie® helped one girl stop hair twirling

At Thumbsie® we love receiving your feedback and hearing about how our products have helped children stop thumb sucking. But recently, we received a lovely bit of extra feedback – and we just had to share it with you. Many young children can develop issues with hair twirling – and one happy customer has reported that a Thumbsie® helped her[...]
Problems with thumb sucking

How To Look After Your Teeth During Lockdown

One of the key challenges facing children during lockdown has been how to take care of their teeth while many dentists have been closed. It's been a tough year for all of us in different ways. And although there are green shoots of hope springing up with positive news about children returning to school, many people are still struggling to[...]
coping with change

Helping children cope with change and anxiety

There has been a lot of change this year, and in this post we offer tips on how to help children cope with change and anxiety.  We all have moments when we feel overwhelmed by change – adults and children alike. As parents, one of our most difficult and important challenges is teaching our children how to cope with change.[...]
Managing anxiety

10 tips for managing anxiety about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Managing anxiety through a pandemic is hard for adults; the uncertainty, the fear, the economic fallout, the lack of human contact and particularly with those we love but can’t see are all creating a lot of stress in our lives.  So how do we help a child with anxiety when we are struggling too? Thumbsie® has put together a list[...]
Children's Face Mask

Face Coverings – Where are we supposed to wear face masks?

UPDATE: Face coverings will be mandatory in additional enclosed public spaces from Friday 24 July – including shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and transport hubs. They must also be worn in banks, building societies and post offices. At the time of writing the advice on wearing face masks or face coverings is confusing.  There are different rules for the 4 different countries of[...]
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