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Garris 

My son loves to suck his thumb. It's a comfort thing, if he's unwell, tired or just enjoying having a cuddle, thumb goes straight to mouth. He's two now and I'm wondering how I can help him break the habit, not least because his poor wee thumbs have cuts from his teeth and the frequent sucking means they don't get much of a chance to heal. Oh and so you know, imp that he is, discouraging or telling him not to do something is currently a sure-fire way to get him to do more of it.

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Lisa Tantrum 
I've read up on this and it seems there isn't a good way to stop them. There are things you can try, such as putting a plaster on their thumb, and gently drawing attention to what they are doing so they become more aware of it. However, the advice seems to tend towards the 'they'll grow out of it when they're ready'. You don't see a huge number of teenagers sucking their thumbs, for example, because peer pressure tends to squeeze it out of them when they start school.
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Lisa Tantrum 
I've read up on this and it seems there isn't a good way to stop them. There are things you can try, such as putting a plaster on their thumb, and gently drawing attention to what they are doing so they become more aware of it. However, the advice seems to tend towards the 'they'll grow out of it when they're ready'. You don't see a huge number of teenagers sucking their thumbs, for example, because peer pressure tends to squeeze it out of them when they start school.
Michelle Flynn 
My three/nearly four-year-old did the same. I never really noticed when she stopped but think she just grew out of it. Sure the dentist will bill me in due course!

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