As children get older, they may develop the habit of finger or thumb sucking. Unfortunately, thumb sucking can have long-lasting negative side effects if the habit persists past age four. Possible side effects of prolonged or intense thumb sucking include the following open bite ,over bite, skin problem, social issues and speech impediment.
For parents, it’s important to look for signs of mouth breathing in their children. A child may not be able to communicate their symptoms. Like adults, children who are mouth breathers will breathe with their mouth open and will snore at night. Children who breathe through their mouths for most of the day may have the symptoms of slower than normal growth rate, irritability, increased crying episodes at night, large tonsils, dry cracked lips, problems concentrating at school, daytime sleepiness.
Many people occasionally bite their lip when they are anxious. However, for some people, lip biting can become a habit that impacts on everyday life. Lip biting can be a difficult habit to break because the behavior can become so automatic that a person may no longer be aware of it. However, there are effective ways to overcome this habit.