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Doctor insights on: Dangers Of Thumb Sucking

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How to stop thumb sucking?

How to stop thumb sucking?

Age of patient?: Infant: offer pacifier toddler: out of sight, out of mind child: peer pressure, thumb sucking splint (breaks the suction), painting nails with bitter substance specially designed for this teen/adult: habit replacement therapy, plus child treatments. ...Read more

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How can I stop thumb sucking?

How can I stop thumb sucking?

Yours or a child's?: If you're asking about you, just stop sucking your thumb. Try chewing gum. If you're talking about a child, it depends on the age. If it's a baby or a toddler, you can't, so stop worrying about it. A baby who needs to suck will suck, and almost all grow out of it. If it's an older child try a system of rewards for not sucking, like gold stars or a desirable toy. ...Read more

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Is thumb-sucking a bad habit?

Is thumb-sucking a bad habit?

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 their thumbs, peer pressure at school usually ends the habit. If lingers on, thumb sucking might begin to affect the roof of the mouth (palate) or how the teeth line up — especially if the thumb sucking is aggressive. ...Read more

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How can I break my thumb sucking habit?

How can I break my thumb sucking habit?

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 the habit is one way to try. T think this is the one that works. Putting hot sauce or tying the finger are not effective. ...Read more

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What could cause continued thumb sucking?

What could cause continued thumb sucking?

Habitual: There are many psycho-social causes of this habits but the child usually outgrow it by school age. ...Read more

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How can I stop my child from thumb-sucking?

How can I stop my child from thumb-sucking?

Teddy bear can work: A toddler (I hope s/he is at least this old) uses the thumb to self sooth while exploring the world. If you give them a teddy bear/soft snuggle of some sort, that will keep one hand/arm busy, it helps them self sooth. Since they need a free hand/fingers to touch and explore, they stay out of the mouth.Don't fuss at them about it, as that gives them anxiety, which requires self soothing. ...Read more

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Is there anything wrong about adult thumb sucking?

Is there anything wrong about adult thumb sucking?

Thumbsucking: Adult bloodsucking is completely abnormal and needs psychological evaluation.. ...Read more

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Are thumb guards effective at stopping thumb-sucking?

Are thumb guards effective at stopping thumb-sucking?

Maybe: Only way to know is to "buy and try." but is it really that much a problem to go that far? Maybe there is an underlying reason for the thumb-sucking you have not explored yet. Is it more frequent when they come home from daycare or a friends house or etc? ...Read more

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What are the long term consequences of thumb-sucking?

What are the long term consequences of thumb-sucking?

Many: Grinding your teeth can result in headaches, earaches, damage to your teeth and enamel causing erosion of the teeth and sensitivity, increased risk of cavities, and loose teeth. If you grind your teeth, see your dentist to get fitted for a mouth guard. ...Read more

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Help please? What health risks associated with adult thumb sucking?

Overbite: Which is worse? Sucking your thumb at age 47 or having to wear braces? Neither or both. It depends. You probably won't do much harm to the thumb unless you happen to forget its there, get in a car accident or have a convulsive seizure and end up biting down on it. Compulsions, anxiety and oral fixation can be treated if it causing the person distress. ...Read more

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How to make my 1.5 old son stop thumb sucking. I have dr. Thumb guard but he takes it off. Please help?

How to make my 1.5 old son stop thumb sucking. I have dr. Thumb guard but he takes it off. Please help?

Bitter thumb: The best way of stopping the thumb sucking habit is to use a non toxic bitter taste on the thumb. I suggest coffee grounds or fresh aloe. ...Read more

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Do socks work at stopping thumb-sucking?

Do socks work at stopping thumb-sucking?

Thumb sucking: Socks usually just get wet and them are just stuck I'm the mouth with the thumb. When ever I had these types of questions, I always looked up and followed whatever dr brazelton would say to do. He is helpful with sleep issues as well. ...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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What's recommended as a cure for thumb-sucking in adulthood?

What's recommended as a cure for thumb-sucking in adulthood?

Habit: You have developed a habit disorder. The best way to deal with this is to replace the behavior with another behavior that is not so aggravating to you and others. Use your imagination to think of one and you can heal yourself by yourself! Good luck! ...Read more

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How should I reward my child when trying to get her to quit thumb-sucking?

How should I reward my child when trying to get her to quit thumb-sucking?

Rewards for good: Rewards for good behavior can be a simple as goods words and praise for good behavior. Most children like to keep their parents happy and do good. Try to stay away from candy. You can try bribes like a certain toy but try not to get in the habit of rewarding them for everything it is amazing how many parents tell their children they can get a toy after their doctor visit. Anyway. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hey, I have a very bad overbite due to thumb sucking when I was smaller. Is there any less expensive ways I can fix it?

Hey, I have a very bad overbite due to thumb sucking when I was smaller. Is there any less expensive ways I can fix it?

Thumb sucking: Parafunctional habits, continued beyond age 4, can cause both alignment and skeletal malformations, especially if there is an underlying genetic malrelationship. Sorry, no quick fix, salve, pill, gadget or gizmo, snake oil, or homeopathic. See a fully qualified specialist Orthodontist for initial exam (usually free) to determine the extent of your problem, treatment options, and fee options. ...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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How can I wean my child off thumb sucking?

Thumb sucking: You just have to remind them it is not a good thing to do. You have to break the habit. You could reward them with toys or bribes. Try to stay away from candy. You can also read some of the articles by dr brazelton who is an excellent resource for pediatrics. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it possible to feel fetal thumb sucking?

Is it possible to feel fetal thumb sucking?

NO: Who would have ever told you that? You can fell fetal movement starting at around 20 weeks. ...Read more