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7 disturbing habits in young children

7 disturbing habits in young children


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Parents constantly stare at their children to see if they are developing properly. They often observe behaviors that deviate from the norm and begin to wonder if the child is all right.

It is worth knowing that habits are usually aimed at relieving all tensions and stresses. However, a legitimate question arises: what can you turn a blind eye to and what should you worry about?

Thumb sucking

In newborns, the inserted thumb in the mouth is a signal of a strong need for sucking, while in infants it can also mean hunger caused by too long breaks in feeding.

When teething, sucking on a finger relieves pain and helps calm down. Thumb sucking is often seen in children who are brought up without a teat (though not always). The thumb also becomes many times comforter in sickness, sadness, fatigue. Occasional thumb sucking should not bother parents, worse when the toddler does this notoriously. This may lead to malocclusion, palate and jaw, so a visit to the pediatrician may be required.

Nose picking

A child picking his nose, especially on his aunt's name day table, is probably one of the most embarrassing situations for parents. The main reason for picking his nose is simply his pollution, the child could also see how it was done in others (especially in children).

Toddlers like to duplicate habits that arouse interest in the environment, often picking their nose to get attention. Therefore, it is better to ensure that the child always has cleaned nose and translatethat putting fingers in the nose is unhygienic.

Nose picking in itself is not dangerous, but it is not uncommon for scratches and wounds to cause recurrent infections and nosebleeds. In most cases, children grow out of this habit. Although it's good to know that in medicine, obsessive nose picking has its own separate name and is called the rhinotillexomania. It is an emotional disorder that originates in childhood.

Head banging

In children over 6 months of age, head banging sideways or into a hard object is repeatedly observed. The causes of the hits are usually trouble sleeping, the child wants to relax, calm down or attract attention.

As a rule, this type of behavior is observed during teething, the child tries to cope with pain, calm down, relieve suffering. It can also be caused by a lack of parental tenderness, which is why the baby is swinging sideways, trying to reflect the mother's swinging.

If you observe your child's head banging, first of all you need to take care of his safety. Check if there are any sharp and hard objects in the cot and protect the surroundings with e.g. cushions to absorb impact. However, if your child regularly and often hits his head, it is better to consult a doctor to rule out any malformations and the likelihood of illness, e.g. otitis.