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Questions tagged [thumb-sucking]

For questions about the habit of thumb sucking as a soothing mechanism, like its effects or when and how to wean children off it. Use [pacifier] for questions about artificial soothers. Use [mouthing] for questions about children putting other objects in their mouth or for different reasons.

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Can sucking thumbs lead to burping?

I feed my 4-month-old, burp him, and he seems content, so I put him into the crib. He sucks his fist/thumb for a while, and then after about 30 minutes he gets fussy. As soon as I pick him up, he lets ...
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Is thumbsucking bad for a toddler?

My 3.5 year old has the habit of thumb sucking since he was an infant. Is it OK if he keeps the habit or is it bad for him in any way?
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How can I encourage my son (age 8) to stop sucking his thumb?

My son is 8 years old and still sucks his thumb. We have been trying to encourage him to stop for years (talking with him about it, telling him to get his thumb out of his mouth when we catch him, etc....
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How can we help my 7 year old quit sucking her thumb? [duplicate]

My daughter who is now 7 is still sucking her thumb. It is a great embarrassment to her and she always talks about how it is her big secret from her friends. We have tried the finger nail polish, ...
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Should I stop my 2-month-old from sucking his thumb?

My 2-month-old has recently discovered his thumb. He used to often suck his hands, normal baby behavior, and occasionally would "find" his thumb and happily suck for a while - usually when he was ...
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When should an infant stop sucking on her hands?

My little girl about 3 months old and she already mouths quite frequently on her hands. Should we try to discourage this behavior now (by pulling her hand away when we find her doing it), or wait ...
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How to prevent children from sucking their thumb?

My 4-years-old daughter still sucks her thumb while sleeping. How can help her stopping this habit? I have tried to give her a pacifier, but she refuses it. She does not have this habit during the ...