Oral Health Problems in Children (cont.)
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Generally, it's normal and healthy for infants to suck their thumbs,
fingers, pacifiers or toys. Object sucking gives children a sense of emotional
security and comfort. However, if thumb sucking continues beyond the age of
Tips to help your child stop thumb sucking
First, remember that thumb sucking is normal and should not be a concern of parents unless the habit continues as the permanent teeth begin to emerge.
The child must make the decision on their own to stop sucking their thumb or
fingers before the habit will cease. To help toward this goal, parents and
family members can offer encouragement and positive reinforcement. Because
thumb sucking is a security mechanism, negative reinforcement (such as
scolding, nagging, or punishments) are generally
To help older children break the habit, parents should try to determine why
their child is doing
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