add share buttons

Everything about Thumb Sucking in Children

About 90 percent of newborns start sucking their thumb or one finger soon after they are born. It is not contagious and one of the first five daily habits observed in children around the world. The practice is considered normal, harmless to children in the 0 to 4 age group, and is considered a problem if the child does not break the habit after five years of age.

If your child is still sucking his/her thumb as the permanent teeth grow in, or will not relinquish the pacifier, you may have to help and stop thumb sucking habit in order to prevent dental problems in the future.

Image Source: Google

Babies feel safe, happy, and comfortable when they suck their thumb. Some of them suck their fingers before going to sleep. Surprisingly, babies develop this habit in the womb. Studies show that children who use pacifiers or suck their fingers are rarely hospitalized.

Unfortunately, some parents are not aware of the fact that thumb suction can lead to crooked teeth and poor alignment of the front teeth. To raise awareness, several schools in the US are partnering with dental hygienists to host sessions teaching children about the negative effects of finger sucking.

Improper mouth shape, excessive biting, misaligned jaw, pronunciation problems are problems caused by thumb sucking in children. This has lifelong consequences for children who continue to do so after the age of five. Expensive dental care and braces is required during the correction process.

In many cases, after parents explain to them, children manage to control their behavior to avoid it. You can even do this to get attention, and ignoring such behavior may be the best solution.