Health Tip: Quit Thumb Sucking09/06/10
(HealthDay News) -- Usually, your child will give up sucking on
a thumb with time. But if the practice seems to go on too long, you
can take steps to encourage your child to stop thumb-sucking.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions:
- Don't tease, punish or speak harshly to your child for sucking
- When your child isn't sucking the thumb, offer words of praise
- Find ways to entertain and distract your child if thumb sucking
is a way to battle boredom.
- Speak with your child's pediatrician or dentist about using a
device in the mouth to make thumb sucking uncomfortable.
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