Finger in the mouth can be seen in many children. Up to 5 years, this occupation is not a sign of uncertainty. For children under 5 years old it is a simple habit, as for an adult to smoke, walk around the room (loom) or twirl (bite) the handle. Sucking on the finger allows babies to occupy themselves during boredom or to calm down when they are agitated.
If this occupation does not disfigure the finger and does not interfere with the normal growth of teeth, then doctors recommend not to interfere and not punish the child for this habit. But do mothers agree with this statement and this habit?
To help the child get rid of this habit, parents should teach the child to calm down during unpleasant situations in life without thumb sucking. One has only to hug a child and it will become much easier.
Sucking a finger while falling asleep can be replaced with a favorite toy with time, a bedtime story, pleasant quiet music.
Often the cause of finger sucking can be a sharp weaning of the baby from the nipple or pacifier.
If your child is five years old, and he continues to suck his finger, then you need to get rid of this habit, because due to the fact that baby teeth may not grow properly, the child’s jaw may not develop properly and become deformed, and in the end we will get a bite .
Wean the child from bad habits is best in the form of an interesting game or writing fairy tales. Animate the finger that your child sucks, give him a name, write a story about him, say that the finger also wants to grow with the baby, and he constantly sucks it, because the finger is so thin and small. Instead, teach your child to calm down using a soft favorite toy, a warm blanket, or light music.
In no case can not beat the child on the finger, forcibly remove a finger from his mouth, reproach the kid or tease. The best assistant is mutual understanding. The child is also difficult and he needs help. A finger in the mouth can not be the cause of mental disorder until the parents deliberately make an elephant out of a fly – they start to inadequately respond to this habit, beat, shout, disgrace, tease.
Wean your baby only when you are sure that a calm and positive atmosphere reigns in the house.