'We gotta cut that out': Meghan King shares ‘anti thumb sucking’ hack

Picture: Instagram
Picture: Instagram 

Thumb sucking is a habit many a parent has anguished over, but the former Real Housewives of Orange County star may have found a solution.

King took to Instagram to share that she had been told the habit was affecting her two-year-old son Hart's teeth and the roof of his mouth.

 Like many toddlers, it was not a habit Hart was eager to give up, so King employed a genius trick to help him to stop. Putting a wrist band with a thumb cover over his hand, she captioned the story "Anti-thumb  sucking apparatus night #1".

"Okay, Hart, show everybody what you have on your hand. Show 'em your hand — what's on it?" the star asked on her Instagram story.

Asking him to try sucking his thumb, the little boy shakes his head and King says "Okay, it's working so far! We shall see."

Continuing on the share that Hart's twin brother, Hayes, also sucked his thumb, she said only Hart's palate had been affected.

"Hart's is kind of raised and his teeth are crowded because when he pushes up on the palate, it narrows his jaw up here or whatever and his teeth are getting crowded, so we gotta cut that out," she added.

­­According to Orthodontics Australia, most children who suck their thumb won't experience any ill-effects and will naturally stop the habit between two to four years. In some kids, however, it can cause significant issues, especially with tooth positioning.

Protrusive upper front teeth – where the incisor teeth tip forward, tipped back lower front teeth, open bites where the upper and lower front teeth don't meet and crossbites – where the upper jaw is too narrow for the lower jaw, can all result from the habit.

The organisation recommends using incentives such as rewards and encouragement, disincentive reminders such as 'unpleasant tasting nail polish (from a chemist) or band-aids, distractions and using gloves or commercially available thumb guards during sleep to kids to stop.

King also recently shared that the toddler had been diagnosed with hypotonic cerebral palsy, a form of CP which causes low muscle tone. King described the diagnosis as 'a relief', saying she had long suspected he may the disorder.

"I am choosing to celebrate what makes Hart different and raise my children with the encouragement to live their lives out loud and to never let their differences limit or define them," she said at the time.