February 25, Reply. And parents may not have to spend thousands to straighten teeth my sister had a crooked tooth that was straightened through tounge pressure Sometimes when I am very stressed or sad I wish I could suck my thumb for comfort but my nice straight teeth are in the way. Kids whose facial appearance has been made less attractive by thumb or finger sucking tend to be less "popular. Thank you Alice for highlighting a point that I can see from your comment I didn't clarify in the article. There is no right or wrong answer, but only what feels right to each family and what is right for each baby. Nevertheless, the American Dental Association ADA states that thumbsucking is a natural reflex for infants and is only a concern when the permanent teeth begin to emerge 8.
The Benefits and Concerns of Thumb Sucking in Infants
Rooting helps the baby become ready to suck. One can overdo shame and rules also. At birth, a baby will reflexively suck any object placed in its mouth; this is the sucking reflex responsible for breastfeeding. He died from something else. I appreciate your thinking, yet urge you to take it a step further and ask some harder questions now.
Why Your Baby Sucks their Fingers
Learning to self-soothe Imagine if there was a magic button or thumb you could push whenever your baby needed comforting. In general though if you keep doing something that's self-injurious, the label addiction is an option Some articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. I was cured of the hair twirling by my grandmother who provided me with a warm, caring environment, but I kept sucking my thumb. Can someone there help me out with that information? Think about what your approach would mean to those children, robbing them of perhaps the only safe place they have to retreat to.
Actually, maybe the diff is that all kids get shamed by all their peers for thumbsucking, eventually, but very few adults get shamed by all their peers for drinking too much, smoking too much, gambling too much, or the like. In addition to the self-soothing of thumbsucking, I escaped into books. Late thumbsucking CAN be a sign folks need to heed. Some are instinctive and some are self-taught. If you need some help in this department, consult a professional.