Thumb and Finger Sucking: Remedies?

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Anyone having this problem?  I have a five-year old that sucks his thumb and a three-year old that sucks his two middle fingers.  My five-year old began thumb-sucking while I was pregnant with him and my three-year old began sucking his two middle fingers shortly after birth when he decided he didn’t like his pacifier anymore.

When they were babies, I didn’t think much of it.  Even as toddlers, the behavior wasn’t bothersome.  But as a preschooler and school aged child, I find thumb and finger sucking a bit repulsive.  Dirty hands and the awful sucking sounds are what bother me most.  As I sit here and type, my three-year old is sucking his fingers while sleeping.

Any suggestions on how to stop it?

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