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Long-Term Effects of Thumb-Sucking and How to Help Your Child Stop

Long-Term Effects of Thumb-Sucking and How to Help Your Child Stop

By | Children's Oral Health

Did you know that around 30% of pre-school aged children continue to suck their thumbs? Thumb-sucking is an inherent urge to suck on something, stemming from curious babies putting everything in their mouth. This predilection wanes after six-months, but may continue at bedtime or when self-soothing. Most children wean themselves from thumb-sucking by the time they are a toddler, though some older children may continue the habit during times of stress or anxiety which can have oral repercussions. Talk to your child’s doctor if they persist in thumb-sucking after age…

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