Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mom | 2009/03/03


4yr old sucking her thumb

hi, i' m not sure if my Q is relevant, nut I’ m desperate.
my daughter has been sucking her thumb since she was born..
i have tried everything to get her to stop, by nothing seem to work, what worries me the most is that now her two bottom teeth r wobbly and she' s very young to b loosing teeth now cause she hasn’ t formed new ones yet, and she' s got a very bad breath, i bought her long nail to put on her thumbs, she doesn' t suck them during the day anymore but when i wake her up in the morning her thumb is in her mouth, please help me how do i get her to stop???

Expert's Reply



Berfore tha age of 6 years thumb sucking does not damage the permanent teeth. This is a very hard habit to break especially when your child now only sucks her thumb when she sleeps.There is much to be said for allowing nature to take its course and your daughter will eventually stop this habit by herself.Do not wake her and especially do not make this a source of friction in the home.If you are concerned about the effect thumb sucking will have on her teeth discuss this with your dentist.

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