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Sucking A Thumb And Its Effect

You may realize that sucking a thumb is a reflected movement of your baby. But, do you realize that this leads him to a bad habit? What effects are caused by this habit?

As your kid grows older, it will be a soothing and joyful habit. He can suck his thumb, finger, arm, dot, or any other thing. Generally, children suck something to find a soothing feeling when they are hungry, scared, or bored. It is a very common question of parents that how to stop thumb sucking?

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Steps by steps, this habitual of sucking will stop when they are 3 years old. What problems are caused by this habit?

Children who have sucking thumb habit, there will be an open bite in which their molars look as if they have touched each other but their open teeth are open. This can cause the changing of their palate because their thumbs press the palate.

The shape of a normal jaw is U, wide, not too deep. This normal jaw is usually found in an adult who got breastfeeding when they were still babies. On the other, the V-shaped jaw is narrow. It is usually found in an adult who did not get breastfeeding, got bottle milk and had sucking thumb habits.

This habit also brings speech problems to children. They cannot spell T and D correctly. Generally, malocclusion can recover if the children stop sucking their thumb. But, if they cannot stop it, orthodontic treatment is needed to fix the problem of their teeth.