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Doctor insights on: Excessive Crying And Thumb Sucking In Children

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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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Excessive Crying (Definition)

Infants normally cry a total of 1 - 3 hours a day. It is perfectly normal for an infant to cry in an attempt to communicate hunger, thirst, discomfort, tiredness, or loneliness. It is also normal for a baby to have a fussy period in the evening. However, if an infant cries too often it may suggest a ...Read more


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Can thumb sucking habbit result in reduced appetite in children? What is the best way to stop kids from doing this?

Can thumb sucking habbit result in reduced appetite in children? What is the best way to stop kids from doing this?

Age and School: Many parents have asked me about thumbsucking. It provides emotional support for the child and yelling only makes things worse. Increasing maturity and peer pressure will solve the problem. Many quit on their own. For the rest, the first time a child sucks his/her thumb in school and gets called a baby will be the last time (S)he does it. I've never seen it linked to appetite. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My son is 2 y.o. I bought him MAVALA STOP to stop his thumb sucking. But on a pack it says not for children under 3 y.o. What to do? His thumb looksbad

My son is 2 y.o. I bought him MAVALA STOP to stop his thumb sucking. But on a pack it says not for children under 3 y.o. What to do? His thumb looksbad

Thumb-sucking is: Considered normal through age 4 for self-calming. Maternal anxiety about it & attention to it only reinforces it. His pediatrician can rule out a soft tissue infection & his pediatric dentist can check his teeth. Sadly, anxiety disorders are inheritable & chronic & chronic maternal anxiety affects chemicals in a fetal brain. Please add Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to your medical management. ...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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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 can I wean my child off thumb sucking?

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

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What dental problems can result from thumb-sucking?

What dental problems can result from thumb-sucking?

None: None. Baby teeth fall out. New teeth replace them. If you are still doing it after your permanent teeth come in, then you might have bigger problems to worry about than just your teeth. ...Read more

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Other than dental issues. Are there any other health risks associated with adult thumb sucking?

Other than dental issues. Are there any other health risks associated with adult thumb sucking?

Malocclusion: Besides dental complications of developing a malocclusion, thumb sucking at any age poses a risk for infection by introducing bacteria into the oral cavity. If you are going to continue with the habit, wash your hands thoroughly before doing it. ...Read more

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Can thumb sucking result in gum infection in infants? How can it be stopped?

Can thumb sucking result in gum infection in infants? How can it be stopped?

Thumb sucking: Thumb sucking is normal and it can not cause gum infection. Also, most infants out grow this so no need to try and stop it. ...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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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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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?

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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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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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?

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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