Since a dummy is not born complete with a child, own fingers are a really good and proven means of comfort and comfort, and the baby, of course, readily uses it. Especially in the first few months of life, when the sucking reflex is dominant.
So the child feels protected, calms down.
Until what age can you not worry? This behavior can be considered normal for at least one year; at an early age, there is no reason for concern among parents. But if this reflex turns into a bad habit, it becomes pathological.
When the child is already podvyros, but continues to hold the handle in his mouth, you need to take action. Perhaps this is a sign that the child is psychologically uncomfortable, and he is trying to solve the problem using familiar methods.
What threatens this behavior? If a child constantly sucks his fingers, a so-called grin appears on the teeth, painful, aching sensations appear. If the fingers are constantly in the mouth, the bite can be broken, the teeth can grow wrong afterwards.
The jaw can also be deformed, leading to speech defects, for example, the child will lisp. Parents in such cases are recommended very gently, but strongly wean the child from this habit.
How? Folk methods like tying up your fingers are totally unacceptable. But the game will help.
Make up a story about a finger, which is unpleasant for being put in your mouth, or tell a fairy tale about microbes that enter the body in this way. First of all, it is necessary to switch the attention of the baby, holding his hands while eating, bathing.
Offer him a toy or treat. Before going to bed, when he, in order to relax, out of habit will pull his fingers into his mouth, give him some kind of toy.
And communicate more, help him calm down.
As for the risk of acquiring a disease, then, of course, it is. It is one thing when a baby spends time in a crib, his parents look after him, and it is quite another when he crawls on the floor in public places and endlessly pulls his hands in his mouth. Serious risks – helminthic invasions of different species, as well as hepatitis A.