Top
10
Doctor insights on: How Do I Stop Sucking My Thumb

Share
1

1
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

See 1 more doctor answer
2

2
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

3

3
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

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
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

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
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

6

6
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

7

7
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

8

8
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

9

9
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

10

10
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

See 2 more doctor answers