A Treasury of Child-Rearing Advice

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Material Compilation: Sendai City Ayashi Nursery, Ochiai Nursery, Kumagane Nursery
Material Provision: Nursery Section, Children’s Future Bureau, City of Sendai
Editing and Translation: Sendai International Relations Association


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Age 1


Finger-sucking begins in the womb and is a way your child relieves anxiety.

What makes my child suck her finger?

★If your child constantly sucks their finger, it may affect the way their teeth grow in.

What should I do when my child sucks her finger?

First, determine why they are sucking their finger.

  • When they can’t play freely and is bored . . .
    Invite them to play something else or play with them until she forgets about it.
  • When they are lonely or anxious . . .
    Talk to them or hold them.
  • At bedtime . . .
    Reassure them by holding her hand or patting them until she falls asleep.


  • Think of finger-sucking as a habit that will go away naturally, and be patient.
  • If you try to force your child to stop sucking their finger, it will have the opposite effect.
  • When your child is able to play outside energetically, they won’t suck their finger as often.