Toddler Thumb Sucking: SOS Moms Reply

mereThis week mom Disha Sharma shared her query about her 18 month old baby’s habit of thumb sucking. She wanted to know how to rid her baby of this habit.

We asked the parents on our SOS Mom Forum and here’s what they suggested:

  • Every time baby starts sucking thumb,  give some toy to distract attention
  • Each time baby starts sucking thumb, give a piece of carrot/cucumber/beetroot.You can also give piece of date (khajur). This will not only divert attention from thumb but also sooth the internal pain which baby usually gets while having teeth and finds relief by sucking thumb
  • A simple tip can be applying Neem oil or Neemba oil on the tips of the fingers on both hands, this might reduce thumb sucking
  • Keep baby busy in activities which require use of hands like playing puzzles, drawing, colouring, etc
  • I put mittens on my baby’s hands it really works
  • It is a type of stimulation and is not harmful, you should take care of hygiene and cleanliness, it’ll vanish with time, if you don’t like it try to involve her in other activities but don’t worry
  • Aloe vera gel helps to stop thumb sucking
  • Sometimes, talking to toddlers and explaining the negatives of sucking thumb/fingers will also help – try telling them in a kiddie way that sucking fingers can make them get bunny teeth or their teeth can fall off or maybe even the finger – talking does really help, so try that too. Figure out what kind of ‘talk’ and explanation will work for your child
  • Lots of cuddle time to let baby feel comforted and happy


Special thanks to parents:

Anudha Iyer, Aaparna Das Mohanty, Nisha Unadkat Kotecha, Jasmine Kaur Sindhu, Uzma Qamar, Mano Chandru, Sanskruti Kiran Nair, Selvarani Ganesan, Sheetal Goel, Ekta KD Singh, Savreet Ritu Kaur Sahi, Kanupriya Agarwal, Komal Ahuja, Dilip Ahuja,  



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