Are you looking for an effective way to stop your child thumb sucking?

This very common habit can be a difficult one to break and can lead to youngsters needing complex orthodontic treatment if not stopped in time.

Moreton Dental Care dentist Dr Lucy Benbow has found a solution- the Thumbsie”.

The Thumbsie is a thumb sucking glove that your child can wear in bed at night or at any other time when thumb sucking is an issue, such as when they are tired, travelling in the car or watching TV.

The glove comes in a range of brightly-coloured fabrics that youngsters would be delighted to choose from.

Dr Benbow says her daughter, aged seven, has worn the glove at night for three months now but right from the start it stopped her sucking her thumb while she was asleep.

“It’s a fantastically simple idea and has really worked for us, said Dr Benbow, a mother of two.

The British Orthodontic Association says thumb sucking can permanently affect the position of the adult teeth, and that beyond the age of seven when the adult teeth start to appear, self correction is less likely to occur.

If a a thumb sucking habit is not stopped in time, it can cause a vertical gap to develop between the front teeth which can make biting certain foods difficult, upper front teeth may protrude and the upper jaw may narrow, causing the back teeth not to meet in the correct position.

The association says thumb sucking is very common in youngsters and can start as early as three months.  One in eight children are still sucking their thumbs or fingers between the ages of 7 and 11.

For more information visit the thumbs website www.thumbsie.co.uk. The company sells thumb guards and finger guards.