How to Stop Thumb Sucking for Children
Thumb Sucking Problem
Thumb sucking sometimes starts when a child is a fetus in the mother's womb. There have been ultra sounds of babies sucking their thumb in their mother's belly. Why is thumb sucking a problem? Well, first of all, thumb sucking can carry a lot of bacteria into the body. This bacteria can lead to asthma and other lung problems. Not to mention, thumb sucking can cause dental problems.
There are individuals that have sucked their thumb from an infant up to their teenage years, or longer. I also sucked my thumb as a child. My parents tried to help me stop putting my thumb in my mouth. Once my father put hot sauce on my thumb while I was sleep. Yeah I know, sounds silly right? And my mother tried using wise words to get me to stop. But there was one thing she said that actually made me stop sucking my thumb. My mother said, “Girl if you keep sucking your thumb, you are going to have teeth like your cousin." No pun intended, but my cousin had an overbite, his teeth were hanging over his mouth. And I decided at the age of 13 that this is the last straw, I will not have an overbite like my cousin. So, at the time, I began to exercise my mind to resist. That is the keyword with most habits, “RESIST.”
Now that I have children of my own, my third daughter started to be a thumb sucker as well. She started sucking her thumb as a baby, while I was pregnant with her. I would try different things to help make her stop putting her thumb in her mouth. But I did not try the hot sauce trick; it didn't work on me when I was a thumb-sucker. But a saying came to me one day. I just simply told my daughter that "she don't suck her thumb anymore." One day my daughter was sitting down watching cartoons, and then I walked by and calmly said “remember you don’t suck your thumb anymore.” This was a saying that I stuck with daily, because I prayed to God about helping her to stop sucking her thumb. Also she was showing signs of asthma, and I had asthma as a child as well. Some causes of asthma may come from thumb sucking. So yeah, I kept telling my daughter every day "you don't suck your thumb anymore." And gradually but surely, it was a positive saying that worked. My daughter stopped sucking her thumb by age 8. And I was so happy for her, although her asthma symptoms were still there, until she got to her middle teen years. Also her thumb had a bump on it that got smaller and smaller, until there wasn't a bump on her thumb.
Positive belief system; "when you drop a bad habit, replace it with a good habit."
In certain research studies, bad habits of thumb sucking can be linked to habits of alcoholism and smoking, later on in life. This is one study that I totally disagree with 100%. Because I was a thumb suckers as a child, and I don't have the desire to drink alcohol or smoke.
Most importantly, "thumb sucking problems" can decrease quicker by starting your child on a new hobby like crocheting or other hobbies.
Do you know a child that sucks their thumb?
Children's book that can help decrease and resist the thumb sucking habit; $4.99.
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