When does a child need treatment for thumb-sucking?



When does a child need treatment for thumb-sucking?

Many experts recommend ignoring thumb-sucking in a child who is preschool age or younger.

Children who suck their thumbs may need treatment when they:

  • Continue to suck a thumb often or with great intensity around age 4 or older. (A callus on the thumb is one sign of intense sucking.)

  • Ask for help to stop.

  • Develop dental or speech problems as a result of sucking their thumbs.

  • Feel embarrassed or are teased or shamed by other people.


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