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Does Thumb-Sucking Minimise Allergies?

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If your baby is seen thumb sucking, most of the time you may get irritated. Even nail-biting is another bad habit of toddlers that may worry parents.

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But researchers say that you don't need to worry if you see such habits in your toddler. Such habits are said to minimise the vulnerability to allergic infections in toddlers.

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According to this study, kids who are into nail biting or even thumb sucking are said to be less allergic to pets, grass, dust mites, fungi and cats.

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This study claims that a bit of exposure to germs isn't really bad as it may minimise the risk of developing allergies later on as it challenges the immunity and makes it stronger.

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Of course, at the same time, you shouldn't encourage your kid to develop habits like nail-biting and finger sucking. Also, playing in dirt is a no-no though it may offer a bit of exposure to germs.

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After studying more than a thousand children who are between 5 and 7 years, among whom thumb-suckers and nail biters are there, researchers came to this conclusion.

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Story first published: Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 4:01 [IST]
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