Baby Development

Babies Love Sucking Fingers!

Babies Love Sucking Fingers!

There is intense concern about finger-sucking behavior, especially in our society. Elele Child and Family Psychological Counseling Development and Education Center Specialist Psychological Counselor Aslı Bozbey Akalın, Mek Sucking a finger is a behavior that a baby does exactly as normal, or even should, erek he shares with his parents.

: Parents are often worried about sucking fingers. Is that true?
Exp. Asli Bozbey Akalin: There is an intense concern for finger sucking behavior, especially in our society. The common belief is that a baby or child who sucks fingers should have a psychological problem. In fact, it is necessary to relieve parents immediately from the beginning by stating that sucking fingers is a behavior that a baby is doing as normal as a baby. Babies can start sucking their fingers even when they are in the womb.

: What are the reasons for sucking fingers as a baby?
Exp. Asli Bozbey Akalin: After the fourth month, they need some objects to feel safe and comfort themselves when their mothers are not around. This can be a pacifier, the edge of the blanket, the pillows, the teddy bears or their fingers. In fact, in the absence of the mother, which we call the nes transition object yerine, it is now recommended that they use their own fingers instead of pacifiers such as a pacifier, so that they can use a self-sufficient method and that parents should support sucking instead of pacifiers.

: What else can parents do to make the baby feel peaceful?
Exp. Asli Bozbey Akalin: When you feel your baby is restless, instead of giving a pacifier to your mouth, holding it on your lap, caressing your back and talking to her in a soft and tone tone will give your baby more effective and lasting relaxation. When you're in trouble, make you feel you're there with him. The first months are very important for the development of confidence. A baby who does not feel safe during this period will bear the traces of this lack of confidence in the coming months and even years.

: How long does the finger-sucking behavior last?
Exp. Asli Bozbey Akalin: Once a baby learns to suck a finger, it starts to suck and feels like it will never stop. Occasionally, this behavior may increase and decrease. Behavior may increase when they become hungry, when they become ill, and changes in life routines (such as moving). However, if the parents continue to regard this behavior as a normal part of their development, respecting the child without ever getting stuck, finger sucking gradually decreases and ends around 3-4 years old. Even up to the age of 5 is normal.

: When should I worry?
Exp. Asli Bozbey Akalin: After 5 years of age, the teeth begin to change because of the negative impact on dental development can be worried. After that time, a child who is still sucking fingers or not sucking at all suddenly may be experiencing some emotional trouble. It is necessary for parents to investigate what anxiety factors are present in the life of a child who is still sucking fingers after the age of 5-6 years. In consultation with an expert on this subject, a study of what the child experiences in the inner world can be made. Nevertheless, in order to give a general idea, it is worth noting that: We often observe children sucking their fingers when they are restless, unhappy and anxious. Try to determine the circumstances under which your child behaves. If you think you are sucking your thumb when you are unhappy or worried, help him put these feelings into words.

: What can be done to express himself?
Exp. Asli Bozbey Akalin: By using puppets, you can make your child entertain, keep their hands busy and express their feelings through puppets. Try to comfort him. If you think you are sucking your finger when you are more bored, you can direct your child to activities that will attract his or her interest (various art activities such as dough, mud, paint). Avoid using expressions such as “Are you a baby? Ya or reacting angrily because it sucks your finger. You can make your child feel more restless. This situation is no other than to make the situation worse. You can prepare a table, stick to a sticker of your child's choice every day when he manages not to suck his finger, and you can encourage him to give up this behavior by setting prizes together according to the number of stickers. Always share your satisfaction with your child when it does not suck. Make sure that your child often feels your love and emotional support.

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