You're not alone
Thumb sucking is one of the most common habits during childhood. Most children suck their thumbs to safety, even before birth. About one in three children aged 1 to 4 suck their thumb at least sometimes. About one in five children will always do at the age of 5 years or more. The habit is usually harmless if the child does from time to time, but the thumb sucking is one of the hardest habits to break.
Children should have Stop Finger Sucking when the permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. Most children usually stop thumb sucking between the ages of 2 and 4. Approximately fifteen percent of children continue sucking his thumb past their fifth birthday. This is an age where often starts teasing, causing social problems for children when they reach school age.
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Why is this happening?
According to the American Dental Association, children suck on things because sucking is a natural reflex a baby and as children get older, they serve several purposes. It can make them feel safe and happy and it also helps to learn about their world by sucking fingers, thumbs, and other objects. Young children can also aspire to calm down. Since thumb sucking is relaxing, it can help induce sleep.
What causes Sucking thumb An older child?
Some children are more nervous, shy or insecure than others and can use thumb sucking to relieve tension. Others may use thumb sucking to relieve boredom or perhaps when they are tired or upset. They can also use his thumb to fall asleep at bedtime and be lulled back to sleep when awakened in the middle of the night. Sometimes parents unwittingly prolong the habit by getting into power struggles with their children in an attempt to stop thumb sucking.