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Thumb Sucking Habit

Thumb sucking habit is known to be a natural reflexive behavior that helps in soothing infants. It also helps in learning to accept nourishment. Thumb sucking in a child can make them feel secure and safe. Thumb sucking is also considered a bad habit as it may affect teeth, jaw, and palate development. The consequences of thumb sucking can be lisping and speech impediments. It is managed by using a thumb-sucking appliance.

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How to break the habit of thumb sucking in a 9 months old baby?

Query: Hello doctor, My 9 months old baby boy is addicted to thumb sucking while sleeping and other time also. What to do to break the habit of thumb sucking?  Read Full »

Dr. Sajeev Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The habit of thumb sucking by the babies is related to probably lack of breastfeeding, and sometimes it is seen as habitual sucking. It is reported to be due to a lack of care and insecurity are also the reasons. You can gently remove his thumb whenever you see and ...  Read Full »

Is it safer to use a pacifier for thumb-sucking habit in a small child?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter has developed a habit of thumb sucking. The doctor advised for a pacifier. Is that safe to use? I heard that using Pacifier will make my baby not suck breast milk anymore. Also, will it lead to misalignment of the front teeth once she grows up? Please advise what to do. Is it ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Using a pacifier is quite safe for the habit of thumb sucking if you can maintain hygiene. It will not interfere with breast sucking. Regarding teeth problem, usually, it does not happen. Whatever you do should be with the opinion of your pediatrician. For further infor...  Read Full »

How does thumb suck habit affect dentition?

Query: Hello doctor, If a child sucks thumb in an opposite inward direction, can it affect the teeth?  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thumb sucking habit always affects tooth arrangement. It leads to open bite (meaning outward proclination of teeth) and should be checked at the earliest. If possible kindly upload an image of the kid's teeth opening his mouth wide to get a clear idea of the cur...  Read Full »

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