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

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Dr. Jason Perkel
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Sucking is a fantastic self-soothing behavior and if it is "forced" to be eliminated, one may see other behavioral problems soon follow.

In brief: No

Sucking is a fantastic self-soothing behavior and if it is "forced" to be eliminated, one may see other behavioral problems soon follow.
Dr. Jason Perkel
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
When you put her in her crib drowsy but awake so she can learn to self-regulate & consolidate sleep, it'll be there for her. If she nights wakes after 6 mos.& you allow her to get herself back to sleep so she doesn't make it a habit, her thumb won't have rolled out of the crib.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not yet

Sucking reflex is normal behavior. Most children give up thumb as toddlers.
If thumb or finger sucking persists beyond age four it can cause narrowing of upper jaw, slow down lower jaw growth, and create serious orthodontic problem. Digit habit beyond age 4 should be gently discouraged...It's not a harmless habit. If still present by school age, child may need professional emotional support.

In brief: Not yet

Sucking reflex is normal behavior. Most children give up thumb as toddlers.
If thumb or finger sucking persists beyond age four it can cause narrowing of upper jaw, slow down lower jaw growth, and create serious orthodontic problem. Digit habit beyond age 4 should be gently discouraged...It's not a harmless habit. If still present by school age, child may need professional emotional support.
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