Child care

Effects of thumb-sucking in kids

Parents need to take special care with children who develop a habit of thumb-sucking. Thumb-sucking is common in kids under the age of 9 months, but it should be stopped before the first tooth appears or after four years. It may show different effects such as on the teeth and some physical effects.

Effect on the teeth:Ai??The most common effects of thumb-sucking are on the teeth and jaws. Thumb-sucking results in displacement of the tooth and loses the alignment. It pushes the front upper teeth forward or outward and the lower front teeth inward or backward. This results in loss of tooth alignment and creates space between the teeth. The displacement of the teeth depends on the intensity of the thumb-sucking and the way a child holds the thumb in the mouth while thumb-sucking.

Dentists have pointed out that the tilting of the milky teeth will not have any effect on the teeth which develop later (i.e. the permanent teeth), which begin to come in at around the age of 6. So if a child leaves the habit of thumb-sucking before the permanent teeth comes then there is a little chance of the permanent to get displaced. If a kid continues to go on with thumb-sucking, then you can consult your dentist to prevent the effects.

Other physical effects:

Kids who continue to suck their thumb often have a chance of developing an ugly callous layer on the thumb. Thumb-sucking may also lead to an increased lead ingestion if your child spends most of the time in older buildings including your home, a friendai??i??s home or the school.

Thumb nail infections called paronychia are also common and they show the signs of redness, tenderness, swelling, crust or a puss.

Kids with constant thumb-sucking may develop a greater risk of pinworms, which are common. These micro parasites grow within the intestine and later lay eggs on the surrounding area of the anus which cause itching, sleep disturbances and vaginal irritation.

These are some of the common effects in children who have a constant thumb-sucking habit. It is better to consult your dentist to take guidance to prevent these effects and to stop thumb-sucking.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *