My daughter is nearly 15 months old and recently started daycare about 3 weeks ago. She has sucked her thumb since she was ~ 3 mo. old. The daycare teachers informed me today that she is sucking her thumb frequently during the day and subsequently placed a band-aid on her thumb to deter her. I'm concerned because she does not suck her thumb that frequently at home and am wondering if her increased thumb sucking is secondary to anxiety. I'm fearful that trying to get her to stop thumb sucking is taking away her only coping mechanism at daycare and may make her anxiety worse. But on the other I have read that excessive thumb sucking is also not healthy and so I am not sure what to do about this issue. Any advice would be much appreciated.View Thread
I am certainly not an expert in this area, but I am a physical therapist and generally consider a significant weakness that is present on one side of the body but not the other, an abnormality. If her arm and hand is in fact obviously weaker than the other I would definitely inform her pediatrician and go from there. Hope that helps.View Thread
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