Parenting Tips: Learn how many years the child's thumb has to be normal, then how to get rid of this habit
Parenting Tips: Learn how many years the child's thumb has to be normal, then how to get rid of this habit

Thumb sucking is a common habit among children. Most children do it to find comfort or to help them fall asleep. This habit usually fades away with age, but if it persists, it becomes essential to help the child break it. Let's understand how long thumb sucking is considered normal and how to stop it if it continues beyond that age.

Thumb sucking is normal for children in their early years. Most children stop this habit by the age of 2 to 4 years. During this age, thumb sucking is not a cause for concern. However, if the habit continues beyond this period, it can become a problem.

Children suck their thumbs because it is a natural habit they are born with. Thumb sucking provides them with a sense of security and comfort. It helps them relieve stress or anxiety, especially when they are tired or trying to sleep. Some children also suck their thumbs when they feel hungry. Usually, this habit fades away by the age of 2 to 4 years, but if it persists, parents should gradually help their child to stop.

If a child continues to suck their thumb after the age of 3, it can interfere with the development of their teeth and mouth. It can also cause difficulties in speaking properly.

There are several ways to help a child stop thumb sucking. Parents can distract the child whenever they suck their thumb by engaging them in other activities like playing, reading books, or giving them a toy. Positive reinforcement also works well; praising or giving a small reward when the child refrains from thumb sucking can encourage them to stop. Gradually reducing the habit rather than trying to stop it abruptly is more effective. Explain to the child that older kids do not suck their thumbs and offer them love and support to make them feel secure. If the habit is extreme and nothing seems to work, it is advisable to consult a doctor for further guidance.

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