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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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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 »

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