The habits we all have them. Our children are no different. Do you remember your childhood habits? Maybe you carry around a special blanket, stuffed animal or if you were like my neighbor, an old worn pillowcase. Maybe you sucked your thumb or finger? The time we, as parents, are beginning to worry about habits is when they interfere with our children's daily activities or cause physical or emotional harm.

Your child is not alone. Did you know?

According to the American Dental Association, 15% of 4-year-olds suck their thumbs. As indicated by the ADA, sucking can cause problems with inadequate growth of the mouth and teeth alignment. It can also cause changes in the roof of the mouth. The intensity of suction is one factor that determines whether or not dental problems may result. Although a number of Hand Stopper Thumb Guards available online helps to reduce or eliminate this habit.

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If you're like most parents of children thumb sucking, you worry about what and when to do anything about it. Wondering if you should ignore it and hope it grows on soon or face front and take action. If you take the action seems appropriate, we also asked when is the right time for your child to stop sucking their thumb?

As a mother, I too had all these questions, fears and doubts. I also wondered if I even address the issue at all – a mother told me not to worry, assuring me that it was just a phase and will pass. A pediatrician suggested I stop immediately before he starts school because he can develop more bite. I was also concerned about getting her low self-esteem and be teased by other children.