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Doctor insights on: Cautionary Tale Thumb Sucking

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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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Can thumb sucking disfigure the teeth?

Can thumb sucking disfigure the teeth?

Yes: The same as using a pacifier. It can cause rounding of the top front teeth and an over bite. ...Read more

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What is better: sucking on thumb or pacifier?

What is better: sucking on thumb or pacifier?

Pacifier: If given a choice, sucking on a pacifier is better than on a thumb. A parent can make the pacifiers disappear when the child is old enough, but it's hard to make the thumbs "disappear". Also, sucking on a pacifier won't cause the calluses and cracked skin on the thumbs. ...Read more

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Adult thumb sucking and pacifier use associated with anxiety?

Adult thumb sucking and pacifier use associated with anxiety?

Thumb Sucking: Adult thumb-sucking can definitely be tied to an anxiety disorder. In fact, the thumb sucking ; pacifier use could cause you to swallow significant air, making reflux symptoms worse. I would consider cognitive behavioral therapy to find out the cause of the behavior--it can lead to chronic fungal and bacterial infections of the thumb that could be "digit losing". The cbt will give tools to help. ...Read more

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I'm 18 and suck my thumb & sleep with a teddy bear. Is this considered childish still?

I'm 18 and suck my thumb & sleep with a teddy bear. Is this considered childish still?

I would ask why: You feel the need to . These are classic "transitional objects" that help children to feel more secure. I would have thought one would have grown out of this stage long before age 18 years old. Ask what need it is filling? Find another way to fill that need. ...Read more

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Is putting steak on a black eye an old wives tale?

Is putting steak on a black eye an old wives tale?

Yes: Steak was used as cold compresses to reduce swelling. Use ice instead. Raw steak has a risk of E. coli infection. ...Read more

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Does a baby's pacifier use affect teeth alignment?

Does a baby's pacifier use affect teeth alignment?

Usually: In recent years, pediatric medical discussion on the use of pacifiers has focused on the ability of non-nutritive sucking (nns) to seemingly have the ability to reduce sudden infant death syndrome (sids). From a dental viewpoint, the use of pacifiers is recommended with caution as it can cause several changes in the way a child's teeth relate. Playtex ortho-pro has shown little orthodontic change. ...Read more

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Is there any harm using the vapor pen non nicotine while breastfeeding?any harm towards the baby?

Is there any harm using the vapor pen non nicotine while breastfeeding?any harm towards the baby?

No one knows: Very few routine meds get into breast milk in quantities sufficient to harm a healthy baby. Vapor pens WITH nicotine are a terrible idea while nursing. Without nicotine . . . I have no idea what's in that vapor. ...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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Complete dislocation of pip joint on 3rd finger, deviated toward thumb. Reduced in under 60 sec, no fracture. Healing time?

Complete dislocation of pip joint on 3rd finger, deviated toward thumb.  Reduced in under 60 sec, no fracture. Healing time?

6 wks+: U tore the ulnar collateral ligament. Buddy tape 2 the ring finger. B sure u have seen an ortho 2 confirm no fx. Some use casts but i find there is 2 much loss of motion 2 deal with. ...Read more

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Do thumb-sucking and pacifiers ruin children's teeth and bites?

Do thumb-sucking and pacifiers ruin children's teeth and bites?

No: Thumbsucking and pacifier-sucking don't "ruin" teeth, but they will lead to more overbite in the baby's front teeth. Be sure these habits go away before the permanent teeth come. Throw out the pacifiers no later than when throwing out the bottles (around age 20-24 months). Since many or most kids get braces to straighten their teeth in the teen years, an overbite should be easily correctable. ...Read more

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Child with twelve baby teeth orthodontist put braces no overbite, no thumb sucking or overcrowding and no chewing problems is this common for an orthodontist not to advise a parent that there child has 12 baby teeth paid $2500 to have baby teeth straighte

Child with twelve baby teeth orthodontist put braces no overbite, no thumb sucking or overcrowding and no chewing problems is this common for an orthodontist not to advise a parent that there child has 12 baby teeth paid $2500 to have baby teeth straighte

Not unusual: If twelve baby teeth, then also would have twelve permanent teeth. You went through the first phase of treatment and should expect a second phase of treatment after 28 permanent teeth are present after a "dental age" of 12 years. Ask your orthodontist for more explanation. ...Read more

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Does chewing on a pacifier harm my teeth?

Does chewing on a pacifier harm my teeth?

Not likely, but risk: It is very unlikely that chewing on a pacifier will hurt the teeth, however, it is a big risk for choking. Chewed pacifiers can have small pieces that fall off and a child can have life-threatening choking, so it is good to discourage this behavior and also frequently check pacifiers to make sure no tears or holes have occurred. ...Read more

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