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Doctor insights on: What Causes An Extra Thumb On A Baby

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What would cause a baby to be born with an extra thumb?

What would cause a baby to be born with an extra thumb?

Genetics: The most common answer is a genetic "glitch" or anomaly...Look into the family history and I am willing to wager it is not the first time that that occurence has happened; also easily treatable nowadays. ...Read more

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Hello. My 3 months old baby not only suck thumb, but sucking all of hand! What causes this problem and what should I do?

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 more

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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.

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 more

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When is a normal time for my baby stop sucking her thumb?

When is a normal time for my baby stop sucking her thumb?

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 more

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Should I try and stop my baby from sucking her thumb?

Should I try and stop my baby from sucking her thumb?

No: Sucking is a fantastic self-soothing behavior and if it is "forced" to be eliminated, one may see other behavioral problems soon follow. ...Read more

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Is it better for my baby to suck his thumb or a pacifier?

Is it better for my baby to suck his thumb or a pacifier?

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 more

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Is it normal for my baby to keep her thumbs in her fists?

Is it normal for my baby to keep her thumbs in her fists?

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 more

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Can the tucking of my baby's thumbs in her fists be associated with neurodevelopmental issues? She is 6 weeks.

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

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My 7 month old baby suck his thumb too much,what to do & when he ll stop?

My 7 month old baby suck his thumb too much,what to do & when he ll stop?

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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Baby gum deformed from sucking thumb?

Baby gum deformed from sucking thumb?

Thumb sucking: It is normal and i would not worry unless it goes beyond two years. Children can change the shape of their palate with thumb sucking. Don't stress it and consult your pediatrician or pediatric dentist. ...Read more