I watched a young mother the other day sowing seeds of trouble, mortification, exasperation, worn nerves, for herself; pain, rebelliousness, possibly permanent disfigurement, for her child. It filled my soul with wrath. What was she doing? Encouraging a habit; "cute," she called it, but one which she will some day know for what it is—pernicious to the last degree. This is the thumb-sucking habit.--From Good Housekeeping--
If you ever see an old movie about the dangers of marijuana, don't think that craziness was directed only at drugs. Hysteria has long been a socially acceptable way to deal with "problems" and continues to be so to this day.