Help I have a thumbsucker!!?

Nicole - posted on 12/13/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )




My son is 16 months old and has always sucked his thumb, I have always found it to be cute until now. He has started to develop a knot on his thumb and has little gashes from what I think is from him biting his thumb. We have tried vinegar and he don't like that but will continue to lick it every so often until the taste is gone. I guess I'm just asking if this is something that happens when they suck their thumbs or should I be concerned. My daughter is 4 and never sucked her thumb she was a binky baby. Any advice will be great!!!


Katherine - posted on 12/13/2011




Don't worry too much. Although you may fret that thumb-sucking is hurting your 2-year-old's teeth or jaw, children can safely suck their thumbs until age 3 or 4, according to the American Dental Association. Keep in mind, too, that not all thumb-sucking is equally damaging; experts say it's the intensity of the sucking and the tongue's thrust that deforms teeth and makes braces necessary later. Kids who rest their thumbs passively in their mouths are less likely to have difficulty than children who suck aggressively. So watch your child and analyze his technique. If he sucks vigorously, you may want to begin curbing his habit earlier, say when he turns 3.

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