Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Thumb Sucking

My baby sucks her thumb constantly. Is this okay?

A: Thumb-sucking is a natural self-calming technique that is harmless in most cases. Your baby sucks her thumb to soothe herself when she's anxious, tired, or upset, and she may stop on her own by the time she's 1 year old. (Most children outgrow the habit by kindergarten.) However, if your baby has her thumb in her mouth much of the time, it can lead to problems. "Constant thumb-sucking can cause skin abrasions, nail problems, and dental issues," says Oded Herbsman, medical director of pediatrics at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. And if it continues, frequent thumb-sucking could slow your baby's speech development. "Your baby can't vocalize with her thumb in her mouth," says Herbsman, adding that the best strategy is to substitute a different type of comfort object. Offer a blanket or a teddy bear when your baby goes for the thumb so she learns other ways to comfort herself. Check with your doctor to see if the thumb-sucking is causing any physical problems -- and then decide whether you need to take action.


Laikka said...

Hehe..diri kay tudloan unsaon pag thumbsuck! weee..hehe.

happy holiday!

Dhemz said...

pagka gwafa sa imong thumb suckers tsang...ehhehe! lomoy naman kaau ug aping woi....lami kaau pisliton...:)

salamat sa xmas card bayot...mwah!

chubskulit said...

Hehehe ang cute cute naman, si Rye nga dati paa pa eh hahaha.

Thank you for the card bakla. Good night, ubos na powers ko.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Normal lang naman sa mga babies na mag thumb suck. Kailangan lang na siguraduhin mong palagi na malinis ang mga kamay ni Justine at wala siyang madadampot na maaari niyang isubo. Ang una kasing pandama nang babies eh yung tongue nila. Ingat lang palagi kay Justine. Thanks for the post. God bless you all always.

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