Helping Your Toddler Through Thumb Sucking
We all know how precious it can be to see a little baby drifting off to sleep, thumb tucked in the mouth, happy as can be. For many children, thumb sucking begins as early as the womb and can be a way for them to help calm down, or a soothing technique at bedtime. Around the age of 2-4 years, children begin to develop new coping skills that usually replace thumb sucking. Dentists used to believe that as long as children stopped sucking their thumb before their permanent teeth were developed, there would be little impact to the mouth and jaw. We now know that habitual thumb sucking during toddler years ...