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Thumb Sucking FAQs

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Frequently asked questions about Thumb Sucking

1. Is thumb sucking a natural habit?

Yes, thumb sucking a natural habit until the age of 4. Continuation of the habit beyond the age of 6 will result in mal-alignment of teeth. Most children will give up this habit by themselves, but in cases where this doesn’t occur a dentist should be consulted.
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2. Is there any other effect of thumb sucking other than that on the teeth?

Sucking on a dirty finger can make the child prone to infection, as during this stage children normally tend to play with sand or dirt.

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resha

my daughter is 18 months old and she sucks two fingers. as a result of that there is a bump on one the finger. it does not look like a corn or calluses,however there are some features of it such as round in shape, yellow But very very soft. what is it?

sophie007

i am 28 years old, and i am sucking finger while i am sleeping,and when i am alone, i also suck my finger for relax.....i also want to know why.....

karakar

If you have 10 research conclusions after 2003 about "why do young children suck their thumb?" kindly post with this question

hadeeldidi

My daughter is 1 year old.. and used to thumb sucking to sleep.. what should i do???

guest

can this be prevented

mainakm

Please look at the Treatment section of this article. You can also consult a Dentist directly.

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