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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.


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.


the application of suction to an object by the mouth.

sucking drive
instinctive enthusiasm of the neonate to suck on a teat, or any object which even remotely resembles a teat.
sucking lice
lice in the order Anoplura. Includes the families Echinophthiriidae, Haematopinidae, Hoplopleuridae, Lignognathidae and Pediculidae.
sucking reflex
sucking movements of the lips of newborn and unweaned animals elicited by placing a warm, fleshy mass in the animal's mouth.

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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However, throughout its growing period, cotton crop is vulnerable to be attacked in the field by a number of sucking and chewing insect/mite pest species, causing considerable reduction in both the yield quantity and quality of cotton crop (Arshad et al.
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.
When controlled for other factors that could affect the risk of developing allergy, such as allergy in the parents and delivery by Caesarean section, the beneficial effect of parental sucking on the pacifier remained.
A vowel sound was played until a newborn stopped sucking for at least one second.
In addition it is not unusual for babies to continue thumb sucking long into childhood, causing significant problems with the erupting adult teeth.
This helps them adapt to the sucking maneuver well.
And as for the critics who claim that sucking a dummy may interfere with the alignment of teeth, the same applies to thumb sucking which, in my book, is also to be encouraged.
In preterm infants, the sucking reflex is often not present at birth and an infant's ability to suck may not be sufficient to sustain adequate nutrition through feeding by mouth.
Detailed history and examination revealed that the patient had digit sucking habit.
Key Words: Transgenic Bt cotton; Sucking insect pests; Population density; Seed treatment; Insecticide
The relationship of bottle feeding and other sucking behaviors with speech disorder in Patagonian preschoolers.
The questionnaires had information about the children's general health condition, methods and duration of infant feeding, as well as the history of non-nutritive sucking habits (pacifier use and finger-sucking habit).