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By June 18, 2018 No Comments

Its true, the earlier a child stops sucking the better.

But before 12 months, mouthing is normal.

So we need to provide optimum opportunities for kids to suck and chew on oral developmentally-appropriate toys.

By doing this, babies should turn into kids that have had optimal oral experiences and sucking habits lapse.

At the age of 4 and a half to 5 years old – the so-called “Magic Age” children are bright and receptive and are often ready to stop their sucking…. This is a great age to begin a formalised program.

Any mechanical or aversive approach to stopping
a child younger than 5 can result in withdrawals (Don’t laugh!! Remember the body’s natural chemical opiates!)….

This includes bad behaviour and transfer to another habit (think nail biting, cheek chewing, clothes chewing).

Children under 5 years are little people, many are still babies really…..

It is at age 5 that children can understand long term consequences of their actions, are able to take a bit more responsibility and they usually really want to please….

This is the best time for a behaviour modification program to be initiated and the best chance for success.

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