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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
54 years experience Pediatrics
THUMB SUCKING: Sometimes breaking the habit of thumb sucking can be a challenge.The thumb can be infected yet they continue the bad habit. Getting busy and ignoring ... Read More

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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Bender
35 years experience Dentistry
Yes: There is no benefit to thumb sucking.
Dr. Shalini Sethi
21 years experience Pediatrics
Can be if it stays: Many children stop sucking their thumbs on their own sometime during the toddler years — between ages 2 and 4. For older kids who continue to suck the ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Windisch
25 years experience Pediatrics
Hypnosis: This is something that is particularly ammenable to hypnosis.
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Douglas
51 years experience Orthodontics
Age and School: Many parents have asked me about thumbsucking. It provides emotional support for the child and yelling only makes things worse. Increasing maturity an ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Stop worrying : Some people do this. It is not going to harm you in any way. Quite a few folks do this compulsively while they are awake — it seems to be in the brain ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
45 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Thumb sucking: Substitute with something you can take away in 2-3 months. Babies enjoy sucking but long term thumb sucking will damage dental structure. Use a pacifi ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Hester
22 years experience Pediatrics
Clinical hypnosis: Hypnotherapy when performed by competent clinical hypnotherapists can be effective. Most clinical hypnotherapists are psychiatrists so consult your l ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Chan
20 years experience Dentistry
Avoid any sucking: Anything that causes positive pressure like sucking through a straw is advised since it can loosen the clot protecting the extraction site. Other com ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Many : Many children suck their thumb or fingers until age 2 to 4 years old. If they continue sucking (to include a pacifier) once their permanent teeth com ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Slow extinction: You really can't "make" them stop, but you can start by incentivizing them to stop. Painting fingernails for instance, so they don't want to destroy t ... Read More

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