Pacifiers and Sucking Habits

Sucking is a natural reflex for infants. It makes them feel safe and happy and provide a sense of security. And since it is relaxing, it can help induce sleep. But the problem exists when pacifier or thumb sucking persists beyond the first few years. If your child continues to use their thumb or pacifier beyond age four, they can develop crooked teeth, malformed jaws, and potential speech problems. The frequency, duration, and intensity will determine whether or not problems will form.

Here are some helpful hints on breaking the habit: