An adult might suck their thumb because of stress, anxiety, or age regression. Over time, this habit may cause blisters or problems with the teeth. Many children stop sucking their thumb at a young age. However, some people continue to suck their thumbs into adolescence or adulthood.
Adults thumb-sucking: One in ten do it, but what are the reasons behind it? - The Sunday Post
By Lauren Libbert for the Daily Mail. Every night, Karen Sparrow rests her head on her pillow, pulls the covers around her and sucks her thumb. But Karen is not a toddler trying to soothe herself to sleep. She is a grown woman of 38, with a job as a data analyst and a family — and this bad habit, left over from childhood, causes serious disruption to her life. Driving in her car, she unthinkingly takes one hand off the wheel to suck her thumb. Once, she even started doing it in a job interview. According to a recent survey, 12 per cent of adults continue sucking the childhood habit of sucking their thumb.
4 Surprising Realities Of Life As An Adult Thumb Sucker
Thumb sucking is a natural, reflexive behavior that helps infants soothe themselves and learn how to accept nourishment. The majority of newborns demonstrate thumb, finger, or toe sucking behaviors within hours after birth. Many even sucked their thumbs in utero. Thumb sucking is common among babies, toddlers, and young children. Many kids who suck their thumbs stop doing so without intervention once they reach school age.
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