Does your child suck his or her thumb?
In babies and young children, thumbsucking is a normal, soothing reflex. As the permanent teeth come in, however, continued thumbsucking can cause improper growth of the mouth and tooth misalignment.
– Children should stop thumbsucking by the time the permanent teeth come in, usually around six or seven years of age.
– You can try changing your child’s habit by offering praise and rewards for not sucking the thumb. If this does not help, consult with your dentist.
– Remove the drool on the baby’s face to prevent rashes from developing.
– Give the baby something hard or cold to chew on, making sure it is big enough that it can’t be swallowed or break into small pieces. Examples:
include refrigerated teething rings, pacifiers, spoons,
clean wet washcloths.
– Gently rub the baby’s gums with a clean finger.
– If the baby seems irritable, tylenol can be used.
– Topical teething gels sold over the counter are not recommended
These gels can carry serious risks, including local reactions, seizures (with overdose), and methemoglobinemia.
-Regularly disinfect teething rings and objects and
wash hands to avoid gastrointestinal disturbances