What can you do as a parent?
The ASO recommends the following tips to help your child overcome their thumb sucking habit:
- Reward and offer encouragement such as a hug or praise to reinforce their decision to stop the habit.
- Limit nagging as a child can become defensive.
- Mark progress on a calendar for each day or week a child does not suck their thumb or finger. Provide a special outing or a toy as a reward.
- Encourage bonding, such as with a special toy.
- Give reminders e.g. place unpleasant tasting nail paint (available from chemists) on the fingers or thumb, put a bandaid over the thumb at bedtime.
- Offer distractions e.g. toys on a car trip.
So Mums and Dads, if you are at all concerned that your child’s habits may be causing dental problems, please call 5532 3433 to book in an initial complimentary consultation so you can have a chat with Dr Gullotta and discuss solutions. With over 30 years experience in the field, you don’t need to look any further!