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Thumb sucking

Punita Thadani
1 to 3 years

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Updated on May 19, 2015

Hi,my daughter is 18mnths old. She has a very bad habit of thumb sucking,all the time she use to suck her thumb because of this habit her activities are less. ,her diet is also less. Plz guide me.

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Punita Thadani

| May 19, 2015

Thanks Meenu.

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Meenu

| May 19, 2015

Punita Thadani, it is a myth that thumb sucking and diet are related. It is an involuntary activity that some children take to. Even my daughter used to suck her thumb. Iv been to many doctors, dentists, homeopaths and all have advised me that it is ok if it is comforting to the child and also that till the age permanent teeth come it is of no real concern. I tried many things, but nothign worked. At 3+ years now, I have started putting a medical tape on her thumb (only a tape and no medicines) and sometimes a medicine by the name of Femite. it is a very bitter medicine, but useful only around the age of 2. 5 years or 3 years when children develop a taste for things and hate bitter things. When i used femite earlier, my daughter used to lick it off. but now at 3, she hates it. Also, i checked with dentists.. there are mouth appliances that come which can be implanted in the mouth of a child, but only around the age of 78 years. do not worry too much. just ensure hygiene as in she shouldnt put her thumb in the mouth after playing in sand etc.

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Parentune Support

| May 19, 2015

Hi Punita Thadani You may refer to an earlier parent talk on this topic- https://www.parentune.com/parent-talk/thumb-sucking/1275

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