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Stop sucking your thumb for the New Year

Stop sucking your thumb for the New Year

So, it’s that time of year again: the time of reflecting on what’s gone and planning for what’s to come. Many mums and dads come to us because they want their child to give up thumb sucking for the New Year. Could 2022 be the year your child finally stops sucking their thumb? With the use of a Thumbsie®, the[...]
Childsmile, helping reduce inequalities in Oral Health

Childsmile, helping reduce inequalities in Oral Health

Childsmile is a National programme run throughout Scotland to reduce inequalities in Oral Health and ensuring access to dental services for every child.  This is achieved by taking a universal and targeted approach through 3 elements: Childsmile Toothbrushing Childsmile Flouride Varnish Childsmile Community and Practice Childsmile Toothbrushing This is both a universal and targeted approach that provides all children with[...]
Little boy asleep on the floor whilst thumb sucking

Top ten tips to stop thumb sucking

Why do children suck their thumbs? What problems can it cause? And how can it be stopped? These are questions which many parents grapple with. While breaking the habit can be difficult, there are many different ways to stop thumb sucking. We'd like to share our top ten tips to stop thumb sucking. Why do children thumb suck? Before we[...]
What is the cause of thumb sucking?

What is the cause of thumb sucking?

What is the cause of thumb sucking? Why do children suck their thumbs? These are questions that many parents have asked themselves over the years. While every child will have a slightly different reason for thumb sucking, there are common causes we see time and time again. One of the most common causes is thumb sucking as a source of[...]
Toddler keeps putting fingers in mouth

Help, my toddler keeps putting fingers in their mouth!

Toddlers like to put their fingers in their mouths. That's a fact – and unfortunately for some children, it seems to be almost constant. While thumb sucking is a well-known issue that many parents deal with, finger sucking is less often discussed. Many parents know the feeling of turning around and seeing their toddler with their fingers in their mouth.[...]
Thumb stopping kits

Thumb stopping kits

Thumb sucking can be a tricky habit to break. Unfortunately, some children find it harder to break than others, which is why thumb stopping kits are so important. Sometimes the best approach is a holistic one. Thumb guards? Absolutely! But they need to be used alongside strategies such as a reward system, positive reinforcement and communication. That is where a[...]
Does thumb sucking damage teeth?

Does thumb sucking damage teeth?

Many parents are concerned about damage to a child’s teeth from thumb sucking. Even those who have helped their children stop thumb sucking remain worried about the long-term effects on oral health. The good news is that research shows, that damage to teeth can be stopped, and even reversed, but proactive action is needed. Read on to find out three[...]
Thumb sucking success: recent success stories

Thumb sucking success: recent success stories

The evidence is clear: Thumbsies® help children to stop thumb sucking. We love receiving feedback from happy mums and dads, and over the last few months we've read thumb sucking success stories from a number of delighted parents. Do feel free to share your stories with us. Here are some of the thumb sucking success stories we've received in recent[...]
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[...]
Skincare for thumb suckers

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[...]
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