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How do I stop sucking my thumb?

How do I stop sucking my thumb?

Why do it?: The real question is, "what does thumb sucking accomplish?" for small children, it's easy. It eases boredom, provides relaxation and some mild stress relief. For adults, it can do a lot of the same things, but most adults have learned other coping skills, or learned to deal with life's stresses. Thumb sucking obviously serves a purpose, and a therapist can help find them and form new coping skills. ...Read more

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I am a teenager and i can't stop sucking my thumb!?

I am a teenager and i can't stop sucking my thumb!?

Time for consultatin: The quick fix would be to pain an obnoxious material on your thumb that nauseates you when you suck it. A product called 'stopsit' was available at one point, and may still be. Benefit may be short lived.A longer solution would be some time with a counselor to identify why you have the need for this form of self soothing. ...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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What would you recommend if i can't stop sucking my thumb?

What would you recommend if i can't stop sucking my thumb?

As an adult who: Understands it's not punishment, you can ask your dentist for the same oral appliance used to stop tongue-thrusting. You may need to see an orthodontist. Please see a psychologist first, prefererably one skilled in habit-reversal, to learn an age-appropriate self-calming skill before you deny yourself your thumb. You may or may not not need to replace it with another habit after therapy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to stop sucking my thumb at 14 years old?

Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on Healthtap. Thanks. ...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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What can be done to stop sucking my thumb in my sleep?

What can be done to stop sucking my thumb in my sleep?

Try this: Put gloves on your hands or tape your thumb and index finger together with athletic tape. After 4-6 weeks you will have broken your habit. Next is the hard part, find out why you have the need to suck your thumb while you sleep. My advice is to speak with a professional. ...Read more

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

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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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 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. DonĀ“t overwhelm her. ...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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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 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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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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How do you stop a child from sucking there thumb?

How do you stop a child from sucking there thumb?

Persistence: The first steps is parents wanting to stop the problem. Then be persistent towards stopping the problem. Early intervention is key and i recommend trying to stop the pattern as early as 1st birthday. There are products such as thum or movala stop that can be painted on fingers that taste bad and stop the habit. There are thumb guards that can be worn. Your doc and dentist can help with this. ...Read more

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Should I try and stop my baby from sucking her thumb?

Should I try and stop my baby from sucking her thumb?

No: Sucking is a fantastic self-soothing behavior and if it is "forced" to be eliminated, one may see other behavioral problems soon follow. ...Read more

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