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Doctor insights on: How To Get Children To Quit Thumb Sucking

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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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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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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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If my teeth flare out (because of thumb sucking), should I get braces?

If my teeth flare out (because of thumb sucking), should I get braces?

Braces: Yes, but if the thumb sucking continues then after the braces are removed then the teeth will flare again. So you have to address the thumb sucking habit. Talk to an orthodontist to discuss options. ...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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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