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What Causes An Extra Thumb On A Baby
Hello. My 3 months old baby not only suck thumb, but sucking all of hand! What causes this problem and what should I do?
Expect to: Babies lips are lined with millions of pleasure producing sensors that provide the instinct to latch and feed long before the know what hunger is. These pleasure sensors persist, and are an early means of self soothing in babies. As they mature they develop other interests, but this must fade on its own. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is lack of calcium in pregnancy can cause the baby has a bone congenital? I don't drink milk while pregnant & my baby born without a thumb+radial bone.
No: Deletion syndromes such as you are describing on your child are coded genetically, not from not having enough of a nutrient. They can also be caused from certain drugs or toxic environmental exposures. Would talk to geneticist or fetal medicine specialist about risk for future children having same problem. But it was not your lack of calcium intake that did this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
4 years: Even if it persist after 4, if it is an infrequent event don't worry to much, it is usually outgrown. If it is very persistent, then ask your pediatrician for help. You can use reward charts, put on socks if it's before bedtime or during bedtime, replace the thumb sucking with something else (squeeze ball), can also use these terrible tasting (of course non toxic) vegetable nail polishes (otc). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Thumbs rarely detach and get lost and are much easier to clean. Regular cleaning of pacifiers and making sure they don't have cracks where yeast can settle is important if you use them. There is a lot of controversy re the benefit/risk of pacifier use and breastfeeding initiation, ear infections and sids risk. My preference is keep things simple and pacifier free. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Most likely normal: Fisting is a normal behavior is infants. This should become less common as they grow and develop. By 6 months they should be reaching and grabbing and exchanging between the two hands. Fine motor development is well defined and should be reviewed by your pediatrician. If there are problems, he may suggest further evaluations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can the tucking of my baby's thumbs in her fists be associated with neurodevelopmental issues? She is 6 weeks.
Maybe,maybe not: Fisting is common in the first couple of months as a reflex in the newborn & often can be triggered bu the lightest touch on the palm or just happen. This brings the fingers & thumb in to a clutched position. By 3-4 mo the baby will have the hand open more & the reflexive grasp gives way to a purposeful grasp.A hard inward deviation of the thumb that will not relax is a problem ...Read more
Thumb sucking: Infants have an innate need and desire to suck. This is a good thing because it keeps them fed. Some babies want to suck more than others. That's why some like thumbs or pacifiers. During infancy there is really no way to stop thumb sucking - as soon as you leave the room, the infant will put it back in there. As the child grows in to a toddler and wants his hands for other things, he'll stop. ...Read more
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