Your baby likely started sucking his thumb in the womb—and then perfected the habit as an infant. However, if you notice your young child doing this, consider substituting a pacifier. Once a child reaches toddlerhoodthumb sucking usually goes away on its own.
Many articles on this subject focus on talking to your child and offering positive reinforcement, but most toddlers are not interested giving up a constant source of pleasure. If you wait too long to stop the thumb and finger sucking, your child can have permanent changes to their jaw shape, bite, and teeth. Speech can also be affected, and many thumb suckers will need speech therapy.
Jump to navigation. This review has been produced to assess the effects of interventions to stop sucking habits in children, which are not linked to food. Important considerations are: which treatment or combination of treatments work most effectively, when should treatment be started, what is the optimum length of time for the intervention and what causes least upset to children and their parents?
Thumbs naturally find their way into the mouths of babes and often stay there for years. Thumbsucking is a boon to babies but bothers onlookers and dentists. Can a baby and her thumb find happiness together without public censure?
AIM: Finger sucking is frequently found in children and sometimes in adults too. Often reasons are found to explain why certain children feel the need to suck their thumbs or fingers, but these explanations are always derived from clinical observation without any rational support, searching for motives for this bad habit from family life; strict parents, jealousy at the birth of a sibling, difficulty accepting the end of breastfeeding etc. Some think that a child should continue to suck after actual nutrition has ended and the substitution of the mother's nipple with a thumb or finger could fill this need.
For others, thumb-sucking is a continuation of a habit perfected well before they were born — and the proof is in those adorable ultrasound pics. Babies are born to suck. Sucking calms your baby down.
Thumb sucking is a behavior found in humans, chimpanzeescaptive ring-tailed lemurs and other primates. It can also be accomplished with any organ within reach such as other fingers and toes and is considered to be soothing and therapeutic for the person. As a child develops the habit, it will usually develop a "favorite" finger to suck on.
Special Offers. As parents, we have a myriad of concerns when it comes to our kids. We want our children to grow up healthy without developing any habits that would jeopardize their proper development. Thumb sucking is one of the things that we worry about as our babies grow and become toddlers.
As a pediatrician, I get a lot of questions about thumb sucking and nail biting. Both worry parents a lot: they worry about damage to teeth, about infections, and about teasing from other children. Now a study published in the journal Pediatricsthe official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, says that there may actually be benefits to having your fingers in your mouth.