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It is perfectly normal for children to suck their thumbs, and often they will grow out of it over time. However, some children tend to continue to suck their thumbs, even as they get older. If the habit does not stop, your child can develop problems with their mouth and the habit can affect the alignment of your child’s teeth. However, there are things you can do to help her kick the thumb-sucking habit.

First, try positive reinforcement. Praise your child for not sucking their thumb and encourage them to break the habit. It’s also a good idea to keep your child busy during the day. Give them things to do that will require using their hands, so it is harder for them to suck their thumb or fingers. Sometimes, thumb sucking is a reaction to stress or anxiety, and you may need to find out what is causing their anxiety and work on ways to reduce or eliminate it. You may also try putting a bandage on their thumb to discourage the habit or have them wear a glove to bed at night. You can also talk to them about the problems that can be caused by thumb sucking, and of course, our dentists, Dr. Novan Nguyen and Dr. Katerina Koleva will be happy to talk with your child, as well as give you some more tips on how to discourage thumb sucking.

If your child won’t stop sucking their thumb, we can help you find some solutions to the problem. If you want to make an appointment with our dental office in Sacramento, California, call Novan Dental at 916-422-3991 today.