What to Know About Thumb Sucking

Posted by Cindy Perry on 10/4/2016

For years thumb sucking has had a negative connotation as parents have heard about the bad effects it can have when babies continue to suck their thumbs as older children. Lately however, we have been hearing more about how thumb sucking can actually be beneficial to baby. For the most part, this habit is harmless in small children and it is something that they will grow out of on their own. Here are some interesting things to know about thumb sucking in children:


·      Some babies can be seen sucking their thumbs while they are in the womb when mom is getting a sonogram.


·      Babies are born with the natural instinct to suck and thumb sucking becomes a way to self-soothe, especially when baby feels sleepy, hungry, restless, or bored.


·      A new study has linked thumb-sucking to lowering the risk of developing allergies. The theory behind this is that it exposes your child to germs that will help give their immune system a boost.


·      It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that children should stop sucking their thumbs by age 3. This is because with continual thumb sucking, it can cause the upper front teeth to develop into an incorrect mouth position.


·      The type/intensity of sucking can change how it affects your child’s mouth. Very intense sucking can deform the teeth while more passive sucking or just resting the thumb in the mouth is less likely to cause problems.


·      Thumb sucking at an older age not only causes dental problems – it can also cause speech problems in children.


·      You can use home treatments to stop your child from thumb sucking after age 4: wrapping your child’s thumb in cloth, reward your child on days when he does not suck his thumb, using distraction methods, etc.


Parents are encouraged to just wait it out until their child gives up thumb sucking on his own. However, if you are concerned about your child’s thumb sucking habit and home treatments do not seem to be helping, then you should schedule a visit to your child’s doctor to discuss other treatment options.

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