Q. My 9 months old baby is addicted to thumb sucking. How to break the habit?

Answered by
Dr. Sajeev Kumar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Oct 23, 2019 and last reviewed on: Oct 25, 2019

Hello doctor,

My 9 months old baby boy is addicted to thumb sucking while sleeping and other time also. What to do to break the habit of thumb sucking?

Dr. Sajeev Kumar

Child Health Paediatrics
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

The habit of thumb sucking by the babies is related to probably lack of breastfeeding, and sometimes it is seen as habitual sucking. It is reported to be due to a lack of care and insecurity are also the reasons.

You can gently remove his thumb whenever you see and when he can understand, you can tell him that it is a bad habit. You need not worry as most of the children grow out of this habit by themselves if left alone.

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