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Thumb-sucking, nail-biting linked to lower risk for atopic sensitization

July 26, 2016

Children who sucked their thumbs or bit their nails when they were aged 5 to 11 years were less likely to develop atopic sensitization at age 13, an effect that persisted into adulthood, according to study findings.

“Thumb-sucking and nail-biting are common oral habits among children, although the reported prevalence varies widely, from less than1% to 25%,” researcher Malcolm R. Sears, MD, of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote. “These habits have the potential to increase the exposure to environmental microorganisms, and have been associated with the oral carriage of Enterobacteriaceae, such as Escherichia coli and intestinal parasite infections.”

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