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17 years old still suck thumb. Have a big lump on the palm of my sucking thumb, hurts but doesn't itch. Recently, new small bumps grew and it itches.

17 years old still suck thumb. Have a big lump on the palm of my sucking thumb, hurts but doesn't itch. Recently, new small bumps grew and it itches.

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 comfort you. You need to find a substitute or see a psychologist who uses hypnosis to leave the thumb behind because your an adult and can have a normal looking thumb again so it will look like the other one. ...Read more

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Dr. David May
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Thumbsucking (Definition)

Dentists generally call these, digit habits, fingers thumb, finger nails. If the person seems to have their fingers in their mouth after the initial eruption of the primary teeth they may have developed the habit. It can be a soothing reflex but can cause growth alterations in the eruption of the ...Read more


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

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

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. ...Read more

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I had been sucking my thumb for 16 years. I already have braces (and stopped thumbsucking). Will it be able to correct my teeth problem??

I had been sucking my thumb for 16 years. I already have braces (and stopped thumbsucking). Will it be able to correct my teeth problem??

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 teeth should not look great. And definitely since you stopped the bad habit of sucking your thumb, I think you are on your way. Good luck. ...Read more

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Baby gum deformed from sucking thumb?

Baby gum deformed from sucking thumb?

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 and consult your pediatrician or pediatric dentist. ...Read more

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Is it okay for a 13 year old to be thumb sucking?

Is it okay for a 13 year old to be thumb sucking?

Thumb sucking: Thumb sucking at his age is not helping his bite..he should have been broken from the habit years ago ...Read more

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How do I stop mu 40 year old wife ftom sucking her thumb?

How do I stop mu 40 year old wife ftom sucking her thumb?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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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.

What can I do to get my 6 year old son to stop sucking his thumb? Hes starting to mess up his teeth.

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. ...Read more

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My 6 year old daughter can't stop thumb sucking. Her teeth are not in allignment. What can be done? Please help. Thanks.

My 6 year old daughter can't stop thumb sucking. Her teeth are not in allignment. What can be done? Please help. Thanks.

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. ...Read more

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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

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

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. ...Read more

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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

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. ...Read more

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I'm 19 years old and can not break a thumb sucking habit it's never public but is becoming a problem what are ways to stop thumb sucking?

I'm 19 years old and can not break a thumb sucking habit it's never public but is becoming a problem what are ways to stop thumb sucking?

Treat Impulse D/O: Thumb sucking is a type of an anxiety disorder called an impulse disorder, like impulsive shopping, nail biting, etc. There are specific cognitive behavioral techniques for treating impulse disorders (may apply ocd response/prevention techniques) and medications (high dose ssris and atypical neuroleptics). www.ocfoundation.org for support. Ask for help. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to stop sucking my thumb at 14 years old?

Can you tell me how to stop sucking my thumb at 14 years old?

Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on Healthtap. Thanks. ...Read more

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My boyfriend is 29 years old I found him sucking his thumb is that normal or gay ? He was doing it when he was sleep

Adult thumb sucking: It is not homosexual. If it happens while he is asleep then there is nothing he can do about it. It probably reflects some of the same needs as you find in childhood thumb-sucking -- a way to calm yourself or feel emotionally more secure. If it has not been enough to make his teeth stick out, it is probably not harmful. I would just tell him without judging that you observed this & ask if he knew. ...Read more

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How do I stop a 4 years old child from sucking her thumb. Is there any medicine out there?

How do I stop a 4 years old child from sucking her thumb. Is there any medicine out there?

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 feels there is still hope of not getting in trouble for the habit. Eventually, the nighttime habit will lessen too. Medicines, bandages and yelling do not seem to work well. ...Read more

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My 10 year old is often complaining of his left hand hurting .. What could this be?

My 10 year old is often complaining of his left hand hurting .. What could this be?

Additional info?: Any redness, swelling or inability to move the hand? Any weakness, numbness or tingling? Any rash? Is there any history of trauma with abrasions or lesions? Does it affect the way he performs routine activities? ...Read more

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My 10 year old daughter got up from her chair and passed out she had a bowl of cereal about 4 hours before hand and a sucker . What could cause this?

My 10 year old daughter  got up from her chair and passed out she had a bowl of cereal about 4 hours before hand and a sucker . What could cause this?

Go to the Doctor: Regardless of what "may' have caused this episode, you must get your daughter to the doctor today. This is nothing that you wait and watch or observe. Go to the Doctor, urgent care center or ER now. ...Read more

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