Guidelines For Resolving A Thumb Sucking Habit

It is normal for infants and very young children to suck their thumbs, fingers, pacifiers, and other objects.  It’s one of nature’s gifts to these children and their parents.  Most children give up their habit early in life but some cling to their habit to comfort and enjoy the feeling of personal security.  Gradually as they mature, the habit becomes less necessary, and most will stop on their own.

If a child continues to enjoy his/her habit beyond age four, giving up the habit becomes more difficult.  It almost becomes an identity symbol, and in need of a little gentle guidance to help them get beyond their desire to continue the habit.

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Stop Finger Sucking with Blue Attack Large Ages 5 Years Old & Up

Willingly give up habits that have been with you since birth provides a tremendous psychological boost for a child. This is a major step towards growing for them, knowing that they can solve difficult problems on their own.

Over the years, I have perfected a simple process where every child can stop the habit on their own if they simply choose to do so. Keywords choosing, decide, choose, and stop. My custom program is divided into segments that are designed to place the child actually responsible for the decision-making process regarding their habits:

1) They must admit that they themselves decide daily whether or not to suck their thumbs, fingers, or body parts. There is no one of their strengths. They do it themselves and no one can make them stop.

2) They must make their own decision to stop and act on that decision.

3) They need a way to monitor their progress.

4) Parents should allow their children to do it themselves.

5) Successfully complete the task properly should be widely recognized.

6) Reward proper victory and move on.