Infants suck their thumbs even before they are born. It is a natural reflex and makes them feel secure, happy, and restful. When thumb suckers get older, the reasons for sucking remain the same. However, as children get older, thumb sucking may cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and alignment of the teeth, especially when permanent teeth begin to come in.
Pacifiers, or “dummies” might be helpful for the development of very young children, but by the age of three years it is important to stop its use. This is usually a difficult transition for both mother and child. In our office we have a proven method that helps ease the child into his pacifier free stage.
“We enjoy our visits to Dr. Kupietzky’ s office – it’s always a positive experience. He even helped my two year old get rid of her pacifier and bottle- she walked around saying: ‘Dr. Ari said no pacifier’ and gave it up without a fight!”
— L. Stein 13-11-13