Newborn Oral Habits and Problems to Watch For: Thumb Sucking

A very common habit babies have is thumb sucking. The first year or so, your baby may be prone to thumb sucking as a comforting mechanism. But if this habit continues on past the age of 4-5, it can contribute to an open bite. To encourage your child to help stop this habit, compliment your child whenever they are not sucking their thumb. A bandage on the thumb or a mit over the hand can remind them whenever they attempt to bring the thumb to the mouth to stop. 
 

Author
Dr. Hyun S. Bang, D.D.S. Doctor of Dental Surgery Loma Linda University 2008

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