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From the moment a child is born, they need comfort to thrive. Whether it be cuddling a favorite stuffed animal, wrapping up in a soft blanket, or popping in a pacifier, children develop a preferred method of soothing themselves. For many, sucking their thumb becomes a natural, easy method of choice. While thumb-sucking during the toddler and early preschool years is not usually a problem, it can have negative consequences if it continues much longer.