Our Community Cares: Thumb sucking

This week, Starts at 60 member Lyn wrote to us, asking for some community advice:

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Recently my grandson started sucking his thumb, and his parents keep reprimanding him when he does it. He gets in trouble whenever he puts his thumb in his mouth, but I have to admit I let him do it when he babysits. My question is: what sort of harm is it doing, if any? I sucked my thumb and I don’t think it caused any trouble. Interested to hear what others think.

What is your advice? Does your grandchild suck their thumb?


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