Thumb Sucking and Teething: Should Parents be Concerned?

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Thumb sucking in very early babies can be seen as an adorable habit by many parents. However, as toddlers begin to teething, many parents are concerned that habitual thumb sucking can damage emerging teeth or even developing jaw structure. Is this something to worry about? Why do babies suck thumbs?

All the children suck their thumb at one point or another. But why do children suck their thumbs? It seems that the most common times of breastfeeding are when the child is tired, bored, or in need of comfort. You can also search online to look for various techniques for thumb sucking prevention in children.

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Pediatricians believe that sucking is a born instinct. Several studies have shown that babies who have problems with breastfeeding mothers are more likely to suck their thumbs than babies who don't.

It has also been observed that babies who eat every three hours do not appear to feed their thumbs as thirsty as those who eat every four hours. Babies who drink bottle milk also breastfeed more frequently than babies who are breastfed.

Most babies stop sucking their own thumb. Some will quit earlier, others will take longer. Many parents worry that thumb sucking in old age is a sign of emotional immaturity or a lack of self-confidence.

Constantly removing the thumb of the baby is not the best way to stop breastfeeding. This approach can confuse your baby and need support – your thumbs! Instead, you should try to create an environment in which he chooses to quit on his own.

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