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Encyclopedia > Thumb sucking

Thumb sucking is the act of putting your thumb in your mouth for a prolonged duration. It is considered to be soothing and therapeutic, like rubbing your feet.

Thumb sucking is generally associated with babies and young children. Although some adults do suck their thumbs it is rarely performed in public, which leads many to believe that adults don't suck their thumbs at all. This is due to a fear of embarrassment, prejudice or shyness. There are some stigmas attached to thumb sucking in public for adults. Namely, either a low mental age or fear of being bullied.

Thumb sucking can start as early as 2-3 months of growth in the womb or within months of being born. Most thumb-suckers stop gradually by the age of 5. Rarely does it continue into adulthood. It is not uncommon for thumb-suckers to suck both thumbs or even their fingers. Finger sucking is categorized as the same as thumb sucking. Thumb-sucking can cause problems for teeth especialy for young children. To prevent their children from sucking their thumbs some parents put hot sauce on their children's thumbs while they are young. Female internal reproductive anatomy The uterus or womb is the major female reproductive organ of most mammals, including humans. ...

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