A natural reflex in infants and growing toddlers, thumb sucking or pacifying themselves with objects is very common. The reason cited around the same is that the little ones feel happy and secure as well. Apparently, it helps them know the world better and many times it helps to soothe themselves and fall asleep.
Thumb sucking can be considered a problem for the teeth of the child only if the intensity is too high. Even pacifiers have the same effect on children as thumb sucking, based on the frequency of using them. Also, if kids only use the pacifier or thumb to rest it in the mouth, it does not have any harm but if they suck the thumb or pacifier too vigorously, it does affect your teeth for sure.
The thumb sucking or using pacifiers continuous for upto four years of age generally. Children who suck their thumb aggressively do tend to affect the primary teeth and hence it’s important to take steps when you find that your child is into thumb-sucking or pacifying continuously. It is also known that once the permanent teeth are in place, thumb sucking or pacifying can cause To help your child give up the habit you may do your bit by doing the following –
Make them feel comfortable and secure
Explain your child, if he/she can understand about the disadvantages of thumb sucking / pacifying
Try to use different methods for getting rid of the habit
Whenever you find your child not sucking, appreciate it
Even trying to put a bandage around the thumb is a good idea
If problems persist even after trying, then it is advisable to consult a dentist or pediatrician. They will help you with medication that tastes bitter or with some thumb coater.
Thumb sucking or using pacifiers is a very common problem that infants and toddlers face in their early years. Nevertheless, it is not a problem that has no solution, so try working it out with kids at home through some tried and tested ways or else coordinate with your pediatrician or dentist and you’ll find a way out.
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