How to take out non-nourishing sucking habits of pacifier and finger?

In this content, I will deliver issues related to harm, the impacts of continuing action, and ideally help with some tips for removing the habit.

Remember they are tips! There is no miracle recipe. Every baby will react unexpectedly, as indicated by their individual aspects, appeared in the adjustment to the school, in the reaction when they are contradicted. It is also important to know the phase of comprehension of the child, as indicated by the age that will start the removal of habit.

The tip for finger sucking is to try to replace it with a pacifier when we see that the baby is starting the activity before it turns into a habit. This is just an attempt. The baby doesn’t always accept the change. As I mentioned before, each case has its own particularities. It should be individually determined with professionals of your confidence.

Concerning the withdrawal of the pacifier/finger sucking habit, the first chance to initiate happens around 7 months, for the most part for the kids who were very stimulated with the suction through breastfeeding.

Around then, the first dentin showed up and the development of the neuromuscular structures related to chewing started. And so, the sucking reflex started to be unnecessary, thus reducing the use of the pacifier and avoiding the finger.

At 18 months, with the development of the masticatory framework, there will no longer be any need for sucking the pacifier/finger.

Alert! When adjacent dental and dental structures are discrete, there is a good chance of a “self-correction” with the removal of the habit until 3 or 4 years, LIMITED age for removal of the pacifier/finger, considering odonatological orientations.

It is more important that we should always guide the use of positive language, goals, and rewards.

Corrective or aggressive strategies are constantly contraindicated. The control of the habit ought not to be unexpected, under penalty of leading to trauma or lead to another habit.

Finger sucking is typically troublesome, lasting longer. Be careful mothers, for anxiety in taking the habit do not draw more attention to it!

Have experts to follow the case and guide you. It is important to always remember that regardless of the technique used to remove the habit, the individual aspects of the child must be respected and that the child’s maturity will be an ally in the acceptance.


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