* It’s normal for children to suck their thumbs or pacifiers, but it’s easier to break the pacifier habit.
* If thumb sucking continues as permanent teeth emerge, it can cause problems with speech and alignment of the teeth and jaws.
* Use positive reinforcement to help your child avoid thumb sucking. Cover the thumb with a bandage as a reminder. Take the thumb out of their mouth when they’re asleep.
* Positive reinforcement also helps wean children from a pacifier. Start when they turn
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