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How can I get my kid to stop sucking his thumb?

How can I get my kid to stop sucking his thumb?

He will on his own: Thumb sucking is quite common and if it is not to the point of peeling his thumb skin off, he will get tired of it some day. If u really don't want him to do so, put some peppermint or tobasco sauce on his thumbs, he won't like it and will give up after awhile. A little bit of tobasco sauce may seem a bit mean, but i never seen a kid hurt by it. Good luck. ...Read more

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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 prevent sucking my thumb to get to sleep?

How can I prevent sucking my thumb to get to sleep?

Find other methods: to sooth. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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How can I stop sucking my thumb?

How can I stop sucking my thumb?

Nail polish: Couple of things you might consider: wear a sock on your hand when you go to bed, create a barrier between the thumb and your mouth, another is to look at your self in a mirror as you suck your thumb, keep that visual in mind when you feel the urge. Third , you can purchase a nail polish that is designed to taste bad when you put your thumb in your mouth. You can obtain it at the grocery store. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop sucking my thumb?

What can I do to stop sucking my thumb?

BFRB Expert Can Help: Habitual thumb-sucking = body-focused repetitive behavior -like skin-picking/hair pulling/nail biting. Bfrbs occur in response 2 (a) emotions (anxiety, fear, boredom, excitement); & (b) sensations on skin. They also result in pleasurable feelings & relieve tension. It can be stressful 2 imagine stopping! effective treatments r available (http://bit.Ly/z9dgyb). See clinical psychologist+bfrb expert. ...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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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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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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How can I get my daughter to stop grinding her teeth?

How can I get my daughter to stop grinding her teeth?

Very difficult: The first priority should be the protect her teeth while she is grinding. I would recommend having her dentist fabricate a night guard. Do not buy the products in the pharmacy that claim to be night guards as it is not a suitable alternative. ...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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How can I get my child to stop picking his nose?

How can I get my child to stop picking his nose?

Habit/habit disorder: If your child understands his habit is "not okay" with family, friends & teachers, but persists, he may need evaluation for anxiety +/- impulsivity. Substitute a "fidget" (wiki sticks or worry stone). Team with his teacher to use a cue like "quiet hands" in a low, calm voice. Chastising him reinforces the behavior. Let him practice "quiet hands" a few min./day, so he can earn tokens for rewards. ...Read more

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What to do if i cannot stop sucking my thumb, how can I force myself to stop?

What to do if i cannot stop sucking my thumb, how can I force myself to stop?

Sucking thumb: At you age this can be a sign of a serious chemical disturbance in your brain. Discuss with your Dr. ...Read more

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How can I get my son to stop cracking his fingers ?

How can I get my son to stop cracking his fingers ?

Do You Need To?: I know that this may be annoying, but I am not aware of any harm done by this habit. Since it tends be a release of " nervous energy", i worry that by supressing it, more complicated issues arise such as headaches or stomaches. ...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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What should I do to stop a toddler from sucking their thumb?

What should I do to stop a toddler from sucking their thumb?

Encouragement: Positive reinforcement works best to change a habit. This could be praise or a prize. You may try to redirect the child from the behavior but that may lead to an argument. Sometimes it only takes time. ...Read more

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How do I get my 8 year old to stop sucking his tongue. He is starting to suck on objects?

How do I get my 8 year old to stop sucking his tongue. He is starting to suck on objects?

Thumb more likely: I would gather you meant thumb sucking. Tongue sucking is possible but is less constant, as it is difficult to speak, eat or breathe while doing it. At 8 years of age thumb habits should be assessed by an orthodontist, likewise if you meant to say tongue thrusting (a particularly pernicious habit that can cause significant orthodontic problems). Best of luck. ...Read more

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How can I get my six year old to stop sucking on her finger?

How can I get my six year old to stop sucking on her finger?

She'll stop someday: Thumb sucking is quite common and if it is not to the point of peeling her thumb skin off, she will get tired of it some day. Keeping her busy will help. If u really don't want her to do so, put some peppermint or tobasco sauce on his thumbs, she won't like it and will give up after awhile. A little bit of tobasco sauce may seem a bit mean, but i never seen a kid hurt by it. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to break thumb sucking habit for my 3 month old daughter? ..what supplement can I start for her as I have to go back to my work?

How to break thumb sucking habit for my 3 month old daughter? ..what supplement can I start for her as I have to go back to my work?

Why ?: An infant will learn to master the art of self soothing as part of basic personality development.You can choose to deny this and raise a fearful,self-conscious kid or find ways to channel their natural patterns into those you can accept.Pacifiers are a great transitional aid that can be tossed when the kid decides to give it up. Many formulas are acceptable supplements. ...Read more

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What can I do to break my childs thumbsucking habit?

What can I do to break my childs thumbsucking habit?

Choose a battle: It isn't an easy habit to break and more times than not...It might have to run its time. They do have that stuff you can paint on their nails but some kids like that after a while. What we recommend it to place a sock over the hand that contains those delicious fingers. Or both if need be. If they pull off the sock...Tape it to their arm or pjs. ...Read more

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How do I get a 9 yr old to stop biting her finger nails?

How do I get a 9 yr old to stop biting her finger nails?

See below: First, i would make certain that she is not biting her nails as a sign of anxiety or stress. If there is no reason, there are finger nail polishes available that are bitter. Also, you can discuss a reward system with your daughter. A goal she can obtain if she stops biting her nails. Gently remind her when she is biting her nails, beacause it is a subconscious habit. Give it 2 weeks. ...Read more

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