Thumb Sucking

My baby is sucking thumb, should I stop it?

Sucking reflex begins during the birth and it is an instinctive movement. It lasts until the age of two.

If this habit continues after the age of two, it applies pressure on the newly developing muscles and bone structures in the mouth and causes them to shift positions.

In time, the upper frontal incisors shift towards the front and lower frontal incisors shift towards the back and the upper jaw develops a "V" shaped curve. As a result of these shift in positions, a space is formed between the upper and lower frontal incisors (open bite). The level of this deformity in teeth depends on the duration, frequency, degree of the sucking and finger position during the sucking.

When should I stop thumb sucking habit?

If your child stop thumb sucking until the age of four, the space between the teeth (open bite) will close. However, if thumb sucking continues after the age of four, permanent deformation will occur. Therefore, the timing of treatment is of great importance. Deformities in the teeth must be fixed before school age.

How is thumb sucking treated?

First, your child may not want to give up this habit. If the child is unwilling, the treatment may not be successful. The child should be encouraged without pressuring and positively guided through rewarding. However, if you cannot make your child stop this habit despite trying all, you should consult a dentist and receive professional help.

 

What kind of problems will I face during teething?

As a matter of fact there is no scientific relation between fever, nausea and diarrhea and teething (also called tooth eruption), but most parents state that their babies are irritated and lose their appetite during this period. In addition, gums become red and saliva production increases greatly during the teething.

Teething in babies usually starts after 6 months and lasts until the age of 2.5. It is normal for a baby to feel uncomfortable during teething. To soothe the baby, the teeth must be cleaned 3-4 times a day with clean cloth. Also, cooled tooth scracthers may be useful. If babies become extremely irritated, drugs precribed by a doctor may be applied to gums. These drugs do not shorten the teething period, but they subside the teething symptoms and soothe the baby.