Thumb Sucking and Pacifiers

Sucking a thumb, finger, or pacifier is a perfectly normal reflex for infants. It makes them feel happy and secure and it is a source of comfort in unfamiliar situations. Most children give up this habit between the ages of two and four. If the habit continues past the age of four it can interfere with the proper growth of the mouth and alignment of the teeth. If your child has not given the habit up by age four, we will discuss all various options with you and help him or her break the habit.