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how to get older kids to stop sucking their thumb

A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
30 years experience Pediatrics
Thumb sucking: Thumb sucking can cause dermatitis that itches as well it can cause infection (bacterial, fungal, viral including herpes) need to see your physician ... Read More
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Dr. Russell Chin
45 years experience Dentistry
Find substitute : Seems like you've been going through a lot being only 17 your use of your thumb as a coping mechanism stems from child hood habit of using it to comf ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Karsant
39 years experience Dentistry
Thumb sucking: It is normal and i would not worry unless it goes beyond two years. Children can change the shape of their palate with thumb sucking. Don't stress it ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mathew Greenston
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Yes braces work.: Once you stop sucking your thumb your teeth will stop getting worse. The braces will gently pull them back to proper alignment. It is important to s ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Mokbel
42 years experience Dentistry
You should: If everything goes well with your orthodontic treatment and you wear your retainer as prescribed by your orthodontist, I don't see any reason why your ... Read More
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
After: After 16 years of distorting both teeth and bone support, considerable reconstruction will probably be necessary. For best results, follow your Ortho ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
23 years experience Family Medicine
He will on his own: Thumb sucking is quite common and if it is not to the point of peeling his thumb skin off, he will get tired of it some day. If u really don't want hi ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Videh Mahajan
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Thumb: Depends on how old we are talking about.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Knox
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Thumb Sucking: A dental appliance or placing gloves on the hands will stop thumb sucking.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
39 years experience Pediatrics
Options.: See when she does it. Is it when she feels scared, tired or bored? Address the feeling. Also you may start by setting expectations on where she is al ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Hieber
50 years experience Pediatrics
Thumb sucking: There is nothing that "works" other than very punitive measures which are not recommended. One can try "+" reinforcement with small rewards when the c ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blum
48 years experience Pediatrics
Bedtime: I try to narrow the thumb sucking to nap or bedtime. I tell the child it is okay to suck the thumb in bed. By focusing on one time per day, the child ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Windisch
25 years experience Pediatrics
They don't work: Putting something on the thumb does not work, behavioral modification programs are much more helpful.

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