Association between sociodemographic factors and nutritive and non-nutritive sucking habits among Iranian girls
AbstractProlonged duration offinger-and pacifier-sucking may be a risk factor for maldevelopment of orofacial structures and dental occlusion. This study assessed the prevalence of nutritive and non-nutritive sucking habits and their association with some contributing factors among 7-year-old girls in Mashhad, Islamic Republic of Iran. Based on a questionnaire to the parents of 436 schoolgirls, the rate of current or previous pacifier-sucking was 26.6% and of finger-sucking was 10.6%. Child's birth rank and number of siblings and parents' educational level were significantly related to ever pacifier-sucking but not to finger-sucking. The highest prevalence of ever pacifier-sucking was among children who had been breast- and bottle-fed but finger-sucking was more common among exclusively breastfed children
Jahanbin, A., Mokhber, N. & Jabbarimani, A. (2010). Association between sociodemographic factors and nutritive and non-nutritive sucking habits among Iranian girls. EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 16 (11), 1143-1147, 2010 http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118044
JournalEMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 16 (11), 1143-1147, 2010
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