Thumb-Sucking And Nail-Biting Are Good For Kids

Posted: Jul 11 2016, 9:58am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 13 2016, 7:20pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Thumb-Sucking and Nail-Biting are Good for Kids
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  • There are Benefits to Oral Fixations among Kids

The scientific surveys reveal that there are actually many benefits to oral fixations such as thumb-sucking and nail-biting among kids. They do not contract allergies later on in life.

Children who suck their thumbs constantly or bite their nails are often weaned away from these normally bad habits by their parents. However, believe it or not, there are plus points to these irritating habits.

These kids who show an oral fixation tend to avoid contracting any allergies in the long run. This effect of immunity to allergies is doubled if they engage in both behaviors (thumb-sucking and nail-biting). 

Such allergic symptoms as coughing, tears and sneezing in response to dust mites, grass pollen, felines, canines, horses and fungi in the air are drastically reduced in kids engaging in the two so-called bad habits.

The research is in the journal Pediatrics today.

Thus the hypothesis that early exposure in life to dirt and germs wards off any chances of later allergies in one’s life journey turns out to be spot on.

The physicians don’t want to condone such bad habits as nail-biting and thumb-sucking, yet they have taken a back seat as far as launching an assault campaign against these unhygienic habits is concerned.  

Since both otherwise dirty habits tend to increase early exposure to microbes, the immune system is given a boost. Later on it resists many allergies that normally catch such adults who were reared in an antiseptic environment.

It appears to be the case that too much cleanliness can be a bad thing and a little bit of dirt never harms anyone. The term for this immunity-building exposure to microbes is atopic sensitization.

Over 1000 little children possessing these habits were examined by scientists. Their ages ranged from five to eleven years. Their levels of atopic sensitization were measured via skin prick testing methods later on when they were adolescents and young adults.  

Over 31% of the young tykes were prone to nail-biting and thumb-sucking. Later on those who never displayed the habits had a 45% chance of contracting an allergy.

Those with one of the habits had a 40% chance of contracting an allergy. Those with both habits had an even lesser chance of contracting allergies (31% to be exact). This immunity continued well into the adulthood years. It only goes to show you that a little goes a long way.

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