Helping the Thumb-Sucking Child

Soothing and comforting, thumb-sucking is one of the ways infants and young children learn to calm themselves in stressful situations. Many children grow out of the habit during their toddler or preschool years. However, several studies conducted within the past 30 years estimate that 10 to 26 percent of American children between the ages of 6 and 11 have active sucking habits. One thing is certain -there are millions of individuals with sucking habits well beyond the preschool years, resulting

Soothing and comforting, thumb-sucking is one of the ways infants and young children learn to calm themselves in stressful situations. Many children grow out of the habit during their toddler or preschool years. However, several studies conducted within the past 30 years estimate that 10 to 26 percent of American children between the ages of 6 and 11 have active sucking habits. One thing is certain -there are millions of individuals with sucking habits well beyond the preschool years, resulting in many preventable dental and speech problems. These problems cost billions in corrective therapies, as well as taunting, teasing by peers, and criticism from family members, relatives, and frustrated parents. Certified oral myologist, Rosemarie A. Van Norman, who has helped thousands of children over the past 26 years break the habit of prolonged thumb/finger-sucking, offers a proven program in her comprehensive new book, Helping the Thumb-Sucking Child.

For additional information, contact Rosemarie at (402) 333-3701.

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