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FINGER sucking

 

Many babies and children suck on their fingers during the first few years of their lives. Finger sucking can provide them a sense of security and happiness; it can be a source of a comfort to them. Some children suck their fingers, hands, or their entire fists in addition to, or instead of their thumbs.

 

Finger sucking is a completely natural instinct and generally harmless for a child. According to medical experts most children will stop sucking their fingers naturally by the age of 4. However persistent finger sucking can cause problems, including dental issues such as an overbite or finger infections.

 

What Dentists Say about FINGER Sucking

 

Donna at IQ Orthodontics explains: “Digit sucking has a huge emotional attachment in young children and so it can be a very difficult habit to break.”