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Sucking speech

Children who suck their thumbs or use a pacifier for more than three years may end up with speech problems.

The new study is based on observations of 128 preschoolers in Chile.

Researchers there say those who used the pacifier or sucked their thumbs past their third birthday were three times more likely to have a speech disorder.

While the pacifier can be beneficial by reducing the risk for SIDS in young infants, many pediatricians recommend weaning after age one.

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