The child sucking his thumb: how to help him stop

Papa Atu Diya, BBC Africa

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It can be very difficult for parents to help their child stop sucking his thumb. This habit can distort the baby’s teeth.

To find out how to help a child stop finger sucking, the BBC consulted with two health experts who advised us here.

Why does a baby suck his finger?

Finger sucking is a reflection that exists while the baby is in the womb. During pregnancy she got into the habit of sucking the index finger or thumb.

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