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moving the lips and tongue in such a way as to create suction and draw fluids or solids into the mouth. See also sucking reflex.
nonnutritive sucking in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as the provision of sucking opportunities for the infant who is gavage fed or who can receive nothing by mouth.
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An oral pattern that emerges in the infant after suckling in which the tongue moves up and down but the lower jaw remains relatively stable and the lips form a firm closure around the nipple, resulting in little loss of liquid.
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Patient discussion about sucking

Q. What does thumb or finger sucking mean in ADULTS? People watch the unusual behavior of a person and decide their disorder. I strongly agree, but here is a critical question for you all. What does thumb or finger sucking mean in ADULTS?

A. It’s not a show to enjoy and laugh! It means that whomever you are talking about needs to see a psychologist. I am not joking. Things we are supposed to out-grow but don't, i.e. thumb sucking, imaginary friends or bed wetting, can represent serious problems or mental blocks.

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Lot of efforts are being made to improve the quality of Bt cultivar of cotton, so that the sucking pest may not attack the crop (Choudhary and Gaur, 2010).
"We found that beginning around 10 months of age and until 18 months, the children whose pacifiers were cleaned by the parent sucking on them had lower IGE trajectory.
The research was presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting and suggested a link between parental sucking on a pacifier and a lower allergic response among young children.
"We found that parental pacifier sucking was linked to suppressed IgE levels beginning around 10 months, and continued through 18 months," says allergist Edward Zoratti, MD, ACAAI member and co-author of the study.
Josh Denzeland Kazimir Crossley were very willing to get on the challenge, and lay on top of one another immediately on their bed, sucking away at each other's toes.
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A number of women have accused 29-year-old Joseph Jones of taking off their shoes without permission and sucking their toes, WBNS-TV reported, citing court records.
There are lots of possible explanations for non-nutritive sucking in dogs, but that is not what I think is happening in your home because of the late onset of her sucking behavior.
A vowel sound was played until a newborn stopped sucking for at least one second.
During gestation, sucking is under the control of a specialized neuronal circuit known as the suck central pattern generator (sCPG), which is located in the brainstem reticular formation, and is responsible for activating groups of motoneurons that generate specific motor patterns [1618].
The period of breastfeeding has been indicated as a possible cause of nonnutritive sucking habits [3].
Summary: DUBAI -- Thumb sucking is a natural habit which develops in babies during the period of infancy.