Thumb Sucking

Why do babies suck their thumb?

In infants and young children, thumb, finger or pacifier sucking is a common and natural habit. The act of sucking makes children feel calm, happy and secure and provides comfort during difficult times. Most children will naturally stop sucking between the ages of 2 and 4 and pediatric dentists keep this common habit in mind during checkups.

Sucking that persists beyond the eruption of permanent teeth, however, can cause problems with proper tooth development and alignment down the road.

How to stop thumb sucking

To help curb your child’s thumb, finger or pacifier sucking, we suggest to first work with your child and provide proper support and comfort when they feel the need to suck. Rewarding them when they refrain from sucking or placing a bandage or cloth on their thumb or finger are good ways to approach this problem. If sucking persists, a dental appliance may be the solution.

If you have questions or concerns about thumb sucking or pacifiers, consult your pediatric dentist.

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