My 3 months old baby boy always sucking his finger ... solution plz

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Updated on Apr 09, 2019

child-psychology Corner

Hi Monika Anandakannan, From 3 to 6 months is the time when babies take to thumb sucking. It is an important phase of development. It proves your child is achieving a major social - emotional development. Don’t get stressed about this. This is most natural way of soothing themselves. Usually babies suck thumb to pacify and soothe themselves. They do this because they are bored or tired or sick or upset. Most children will outgrow the habit. Hardly 3% children will carry the habit beyond three years of age. Hence do not be anxious. Some get out of the habit on their own. What you could do is to engage your baby as much as you can. Carry , play using his hands, distract him when he is sucking, show rattles and toys , massage before and after bath etc. Do remember it is not harmful. It is just part of growing. Distract and pay as much as you can. Take care.

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