If you have small children, you may understand there are multiple things you’ll need to do for them. In fact, there are actually a few things you may need to teach them to avoid doing. Do you know what you should do about your kid’s thumb sucking?
As you might already know, thumb sucking is actually perfectly normal, though some parents try to stop their child from sucking their thumb by giving them a pacifier when they are young. You see, children tend to start sucking their thumb when they’re about a year old, but usually they stop by the age of four. If your little one sucks their thumb between these ages, you shouldn’t expect any serious medical problems. Yet, you may need to help your child stop sucking if they fail to do so on their own. If they continue sucking their thumb, they could cause damage to the root of their mouth and even impact how their teeth erupt.
Luckily, there are a few different things you can do to help your little one stop sucking their thumb. For instance, if you put something sour or bitter on their thumb, they might be less likely to suck on it. You may also want to try a finger splint to keep their mouth healthy. Still, you should know that some little ones may react poorly to these attempts. You should also be aware that some of these solutions may make them want to suck their thumb even more.
If you would like to learn a little more about the care you can receive from our dental team, or about how you can help your little one deal with thumb sucking in Woodstock, Georgia, please feel free to give Simple Smiles Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry a call at 770.592.7000. Our dentist, Dr. Christine Lee, and our team are excited to hear from you soon.