How to help a child quit thumbsucking

Young children often suck on pacifiers or their thumbs to soothe themselves. However, pacifier use and thumbsucking can cause problems with the growth and development of the mouth, including the alignment of teeth. Thumbsucking can be a difficult habit to break. Here are some tips:
* Provide alternative comfort to your child if he or she is thumbsucking for comfort.
* Praise your child for not thumbsucking.
* Involve older children in developing a plan to stop.
* Ask us for help explaining how thumbsucking affects teeth at your child's next visit.

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