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.
Thumbsucking is a very natural reflex for children, a habit that they indulge in without any conscious thought. So stopping thumbsucking is a two-stage process; identifying when or why a child is sucking and then helping them to stop usually by introducing some sort of intervention, along with encouragement, reward schemes and where necessary involving your dentist.
Why do children suck their thumbs?
Children often suck their thumbs or fingers to get to sleep, when they are feeling unsure, tired, bored or sad. Sucking can become associated with particular times of the day, perhaps story time at school, or whilst watching TV.
How to encourage children to stop the thumbsucking habit
Once you have identified the times when your child is most likely to start sucking, then you can decide what method of intervention you choose to support them.
There are various types of intervention such as, applying plasters and bandaging digits, applying a foul-tasting liquid to the nail, wearing a plastic thumb guard or a crochet thumb guard … and there is the Thumbsie®, a fabric thumb guard which fits perfectly around a child’s hand to gently help them to give up sucking.
Recommended by Dentists worldwide“I love the Thumbsie® – it works every time I recommend it! The Thumbsie® provides a fun way for a dentist or parent to help the child stop sucking because after all, it’s a hard habit to kick." Dr. Kotecha of Glen Dental Buy Now
Thumbsie® also offers thumb guards in dozens of different fabrics for your child to choose from and a reward chart to follow progress – but don’t worry, you won’t need it for long.
Once your child has stopped sucking you can also get a personalised success certificate!
This testimonial is from a very happy parent who purchased fabric thumb guards.
“She has been wearing her fabric thumb guards for ten days now and my husband and I are blown away with how successful they have been. I never thought it could be this easy. She hasn’t sucked her thumb since putting one on, despite being a prolific thumb sucker since she was 5 weeks old – she is now 5! The transformation has been wonderful to watch, she is much more engaged in family life and seems much happier and more up for trying new things. We have a different child!”
The Thumbsie® fabric thumb guard is a fun and positive approach to thumbsucking. The parents’ testimonials and some of the success stories on the blog pages on the website tell us that it’s often a happy experience for both parent and child. You may wish to try some of the other methods mentioned, or indeed already have, but we believe that wearing a Thumbsie® is the most effective and gentle way to stop sucking.
Order from the great range of fabrics on offer now and make tomorrow the first ‘suck-free’ day and help your child to be free of their thumbsucking habit.