10 year old boy sucking thumb

How can I get my 10 year old to stop sucking his thumb?

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Behavioral therapy


Consider behavioral therapy, engage your child in stress-reducing/habit modifying fun activities. Yes! easier said then done. Has anyone thought about setting up a support group or something like? There's probably one already.
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How do I stop a 4 year old child from sucking her thumb?

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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 allowed to do it, thus reducing the "thumb time", other options are having her look in a mirror when she does it, to see if she likes what she sees. and lastly you can try some commercially available nail polishes that taste icky. DonĀ“t overwhelm her.
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how do i stop mu 40 year old wife ftom sucking her thumb?

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She might / you not


There are some interesting thumb guards out there designed to remind people when they put their thumb in their mouth & some prevent the mouth from closing around the thumb & interfering with suction.For anyone to benefit from such therapy they must decide they want it. If its a stress releaver,your efforts may make it worse. Hypnosis might be another option, again one needs to want change to do it
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Depends


When does she suck her thumb? When she's awake or asleep? If awake, it may represent a habit-and a psychologist or therapist could teach her techniques to extinguish the habit. Wife needs to want to quit for this to work. Interestingly, it is not uncommon to find adults who suck thumbs during sleep-and don't know they do it! Consider dental appliances or thumb splints.
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Do's And Don'ts

Don't allow pacifiers past a year and do everything to prevent thumb sucking !

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How do you stop a 4 year old child from sucking her thumb?

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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 child is observed to be not thumbsucking. I would consult your dentist and ask their advice about the need for an appliance fit in the upper palatal area if significant orthodontic effects are bieng caused by the behavior.
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What can i do to get my 6 year old son to stop sucking his thumb? Hes starting to mess up his teeth.

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See an orthodontist


There's always the stick-his-thumb-in-something-gross-tasting method, like tabasco or whatever. That requires constant supervision and determination. Or you can visit an orthodontist and they can help determine if some sort of oral appliance may help. Good luck.
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Thumb Sucking


can be seen as a way of securing extra self-nurturance like other rhythmic pattern of behavior. Ignore it, if possible, while giving attention to positive aspect of the child's behavior with praise. Talk gently with him, energize his self esteem. When he actively tries to restrain thumb sucking, encourage him. Thumb sucking affect alignment of the teeth.
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Do's And Don'ts

Thumb sucking makes teeth crooked. See an orthdontist if your child is still sucking after 5 years.

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My 6 year old daughter cant stop thumb sucking. her teeth are not in allignment. what can be done? please help. thanks.

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See a pedodontist


Thumb sucking should stop by age 2. After that, it does harm by moving the teeth and opening the bite. Also the jaw bones become malformed. Don't panic though because there is treatment . See your dentist. They will refer you to the proper specialists to stop the oral habit, orthodonticly move teeth to proper alignment. And the bone will be remolded to normal
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Can thumb sucking cause crooked teeth? My 3 year old still sucks her thumb, even though I've been trying to break the habit for 5 months now. I'm not sure, but it looks like her front middle teeth look slightly crooked and I was wondering if her thumb suc

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Absolutely


Unlike a pacifier that can be thrown away, a thumb is permanently available. Please gently try to discourage the habit, but remember for many kids it's a crutch, and kid's can't understand the down side. You may need help physically and psychologically if habit persists past beginning of eruption of the permanent teeth. Again, be gentle.
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Should we be worrying that our four year old's thumb sucking is harming his teeth? Our son is still sucking his thumb at age four, and our attempts at weaning him off it have not been too successful. At what point do we need to worry that he's doing or is

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Get help


As an Orthodontist I'm called upon to Rx distorted mouths due to pernicious digit habits. If your child kept hitting themselves over the head with a hammer, wouldn't you take the hammer away? If your child kept finding other objects to repeat this bad behavior, wouldn't you seek help finding out why, and what to do about it. Please get help now. Fixing the damage is no fun.
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20 year old female with thumb tremor?

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Tremor


Tremors have a lot of causes it can be simple or serious, excessive caffeine intake, stress, tiredness or lack of sleep can cause tremors, hyperthyroidism, myokemia which is a fine rhythmic muscle spasm can be the case. I advise to check with your doctor if the tremor lasts.
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My one year old sucks his thumb, what do I do?

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Nothing


It is developmental behavior, it will go away itself. Not to worry.
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