Thumb Guards -Our Story — Thumb Sucking

Our Story part 2 - The Thumb Guards

Posted by Jayne Schembri on

Our Story part 2 - The Thumb Guards

Thumb Sucking - our solution Despite the negative opinions of our ancestors, today we accept that thumb or finger sucking is natural for babies. We know babies do this to self-soothe or when they are hungry. As our dentist explained, it is when the habit continues beyond age four, most problems arise.  Continued thumb sucking alters the shape of the mouth and the position of the permanent teeth. This often leads to major issues for the child. Parents of such children need a thumb sucking battle plan. Some of our own children were already at the major issues stage when...

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Thumb Sucking - a tale of five thumbs.

Posted by Jayne Schembri on

Thumb Sucking - a tale of five thumbs.

My aversion to the drool My daughter’s thumb-sucking habits were more than I could bear. I fixed her my hardest stare from across the table. She had barely swallowed the last spoonful of cereal from her bowl and already her thumb was firmly inserted into her mouth. I admit I would not have been so objectionable had she enjoyed her habit quietly. Alas, my daughter’s habit was as animated as her character. There could be no sucking without slurping and no slurping without dribbling. I cringed as a trail of saliva trickled slowly down her arm. She watched it herself...

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