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How can I help my older kid to stop thumb sucking?

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Try to determine why your child is doing it: Find out what stresses your child faces and try to correct things. Once the problem is gone, your child often finds it is easier to give up sucking.

If this doesn't work, there are dental appliances your child can wear in their mouth. They're cemented to their upper teeth, sit on the roof of the mouth, and make thumb sucking harder and less enjoyable.

From: Oral Health Problems in Children WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 15, 2018

SOURCE: American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 15, 2018

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