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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. Don´t overwhelm her. ...Read more

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My 12 year old is growing her adult teeth behind some baby teeth?

My 12 year old is growing her adult teeth behind some baby teeth?

Crowding: Usually when permanent teeth erupt behind the baby teeth, it is due to not enough space for the tooth to erupt into the mouth. Should be evaluated by a dentist or orthodontist. ...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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Why 2 years old boy finger nails always crack?

Why 2 years old boy finger nails always crack?

Rash?: This can be associated with eczema or psoriasis, or rarer skin conditions. Are there any signs of skin problems any where else on the body? If there are no othe skin problems this can be associated with certain deficiencies such as zinc. See pediatrician for exam and approriate blood tests. Topical treament which can help if there is no underlying issue is dermanial. ...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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Can my 3 yr old (37 months) old little boy be autistic?

Can my 3 yr old (37 months) old little boy be autistic?

Maybe,maybe not : You provided no information for a real analysis, but a 3 year old can be autistic. ...Read more

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14 year old girl playing competitive soccer with 20 year olds. Chances of concussion? Had one last year. What about serious brain injury?

14 year old girl playing competitive soccer with 20 year olds. Chances of concussion? Had one last year. What about serious brain injury?

Careful Observation,: Each repeated episode of concussion can result in increasing injury to the brain. With a documented episode- parents/ teachers and patients should follow the appropriate guidelines- observation/ staying away from games/ when to go back to the field/ imaging ...Read more

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My one year old graanson stil clenches his fists like an infant. Should I be concerned?

My one year old graanson stil clenches his fists like an infant. Should I be concerned?

Constant or sometime: If the kid can open the hands at will to touch items with a single finger & explore objects i would worry less . If the hand is held tightly clenched all the time you should have him evaluated.That would suggest neurologic injury. ...Read more

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If a 7 alomst 8 year old boy touches a 4 almost 5 year old boys penis is it sexual abuse or normal kid stuff? Is the 7 old enough to know better?

If a 7 alomst 8 year old boy touches a 4 almost 5 year old boys penis is it sexual abuse or normal kid stuff? Is the 7 old enough to know better?

I call abusive: Such interaction between age equivalent kids is "exploration" & i can accept as much as 2 years age difference into that idea. Beyond that and specifically for the 7-8 yo who is old enough to know right from wrong on these issues it is abuse & often reveals a past abuse of the older kid.Size & intimidation is also an issue when the 60 lb 7-8 yo is doing this with a 40+lb 4-5 yo. ...Read more

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Clavicle fracture for my fourteen year old sister. Recovery time?

Clavicle fracture for my fourteen year old sister. Recovery time?

6-12 weeks: Most clavicle fractures will heal within 6-12 weeks. Many patients will stop having pain by 3 weeks and regain range and motion shortly after that. However, it often takes longer for the bone to actually heal, as seen on an x-ray. Of course, the amount of displacement and angulation factor into healing time. If I can be of help, then join my care team at www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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My 12 year old son has a "geographical" tongue. Suggestions?

My 12 year old son has a "geographical" tongue. Suggestions?

It's considered ok: People get geographic tongue patterns sometimes. The reasons are not certain. If there are no painful ulcers or other "ill" symptoms, the geographic tongue is not considered an illness. ...Read more

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Should i stop my 4 mth old from sucking her thumb?

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Should i stop my 4 mth old from sucking her thumb?

No: Sucking her thumb is a method by which she can calm and comfort herself. It is natural at this age. ...Read more

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My daughter is 6 yrs old & sucks her thumb constantly. She's starting to loose teeth & I'm worried. Any suggestions ???

My daughter is 6 yrs old & sucks her thumb constantly. She's starting to loose teeth & I'm worried. Any suggestions ???

Talk to a dentist: Many dentists and or pediatric dentists can help you with a fixed appliance that makes forming a suction difficult.This is a bit drastic but can help protect the teeth.It would also be good to enlist the aid of a child therapist to see if you could get help with your kids self soothing needs and habits. ...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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12 year old ate 22 adult vitamin c gummies.ShOuld we be concerned?

12 year old ate 22 adult vitamin c gummies.ShOuld we be concerned?

Call Poison Control: 1 (800) 222-1222 American Association of Poison Control Centers Talking with a representative can help you determine the level of risk following the ingestion. They can then further advise you as to the proper action. Good luck! ...Read more

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3 year old son does hand flapping when excited.

3 year old son does hand flapping when excited.

Normal Behavior: Not to worry. As long as his growth and development, behavior are age appropriate, he is fine. ...Read more

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Should a 14 months old baby brush his teeth?

Should a 14 months old baby brush his teeth?

Parent must do it.: Good oral care starts day one. For infants, wiping all oral surfaces with a washcloth and water twice daily after feedings does the job. For toddlers, get a very soft small toothbrush and brush all oral surfaces gently. You don't have to use toothpaste, but if you want to use it, put only a tiny dot on the brush;we don't want him eating toothpaste! ...Read more

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How can I stop a 12 year old kid from biting her nails?

How can I stop a 12 year old kid from biting her nails?

Painting: First find out why she bites her nails, is it habit, nervousness, anxiety. Using thumbx on nails creates a bad taste when she does, or you can manicure and paint her nails so they look pretty and she may not want to bite them. Talk with her about germs that enter her mouth each time she bites. ...Read more