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Thumb sucking can be a normal part of childhood. Most kids grow out of the habit by age four, or when their permanent teeth start to come in. If your child continues to suck their thumb, there are some things you can do to help them kick the habit.

Thumb sucking can be the result of stress or anxiety. If this is the problem you can talk to your child to find out what may be bothering them, and find ways to help them reduce their stress. If stress isn’t the problem, try to encourage your child not to suck their thumb, and make sure to praise them when they show signs of stopping. If your child is old enough, you can talk to them about the problems that can be caused by thumb sucking and about ways they can stop. If your child is sucking their thumb during the day, it can help to give them plenty of activities that will keep their hands busy. If your child is sucking their thumb at night, try putting them to bed with a glove or a sock on their hand. Our dentist, Dr. Juan Echeverri can also give you useful ideas about how to stop your child from sucking their thumb and help you talk with them about the problem.

If your child needs to stop sucking their thumb, you can find some practical solutions with our team at Echeverri Dental Center. If you need to make an appointment, we invite you to call 713-956-8767 to schedule with our dentist.