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

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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 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 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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Where can I get thumb guards to help children stop sucking their thumbs?

Where can I get thumb guards to help children stop sucking their thumbs?

They don't work: Putting something on the thumb does not work, behavioral modification programs are much more helpful. ...Read more

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How to get my parents to stop smoking in the car?

How to get my parents to stop smoking in the car?

Why don't you ask: Them to read this article: http://www.Cdc.Gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/secondhand_smoke/general_facts/ it will help them to understand how it puts others at risk. ...Read more

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How to get a child to stop snoring?

How to get a child to stop snoring?

Multiple causes: Snoring can be due to enlarged tonsils, adenoids, enlarged nasal turbinates, deviated nasal septum etc. Have your child be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Fingernail falling off secondary to sucking his thumb he is 22 months old. How to make sure another nail will grow in and tips to help stop sucking. ?

Fingernail falling off secondary to sucking his thumb  he is 22 months old. How to make sure another nail will grow in and tips to help stop sucking. ?

Don't worry: Not uncommon at this age, don't even try to stop it , it will grow back . My son did this and has a normal, although spoon shaped nail, but he is doing well in college. ...Read more

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Tips on how not to get addicted to smoking?

Tips on how not to get addicted to smoking?

Don't Start : Nearly 70 million people, aged 12-years or older have reported current use of tobacco (national survey of drug use & health, 2010) and the rate of tobacco use in persons with mental illnesses has more than doubled. While many people can quit without help, treatment for tobacco addiction does work. These include nicotine replacement treatment, medications, and behavioral treatments. ...Read more

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How to make kids stop poping their fingers?

How to make kids stop poping their fingers?

Say it's not good!: I assume popping fingers means cracking knuckles. While never proven, it may lead to inflamed joints and discomfort if done too much. If you can explain this , some kids may stop. Also, keep their hands busy with a puzzle when they are bored- or put hands in pockets! ...Read more

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Can you suggest how to get away from my parent's secondhand smoke?

Can you suggest how to get away from my parent's secondhand smoke?

Smoke: Ultimately you are going to need to move out. In the meantime, you can get a hepa air filter for your bedroom, keep it on 24/7 and leave your bedroom door closed. ...Read more

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How can I get my parents to stop spoiling the kids?

How can I get my parents to stop spoiling the kids?

Spoiling: It's not uncommon for grandparents to spoil their grandchildren. Hoever, if the grandparents are doing this to excess or to the degree that your children insist on or expect this kind of treatment in all facets of their lives, it would be best to talk with your parents about your concerns and request that they change this behavior. Most geandparents will honor tge request of the parent. If not, a. ...Read more

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How do we get our toddler to stop biting?

How do we get our toddler to stop biting?

See below: Consistent response to biting. Every time your child bites, he/she needs to be told “no don't bite.” You can even place in time out for a minute. Don’t bite back. It can take up to 2 to 3 weeks of consistent intervention to change the behavior. ...Read more

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How to get my mom to quit smoking?

How to get my mom to quit smoking?

Emotional/supportive: Tell her how much she means to you and all the family and how much a lung illness or smoking could interfere with her enjoying her grandchildren and quality of later life. That you will help support her desire to stop and obtain quality help with cessation trained expert.One of common reasons for failure is under-utilization of available resources and not having qualified person in your/her corner. ...Read more

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How much would one have to smoke to get addicted ?

Not much: Cigarettes are designed by the manufacturers to maximize the amount of internal addictive substances. After all they want to keep their market flowing. If your metabolism is sensitive, then several cigarettes can get you started. Some require a little more. Best to not start as this addiction is dangerous and very deep seated. ...Read more

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How to get teens to stop drinking and smoking pot?

How to get teens to stop drinking and smoking pot?

By example: Teens adopt behaviors that they learn from their families, either by imitation or rebellion. Setting an example by behaving soberly, abstaining from intoxication and also abstaining from power struggles, setting only boundaries that are enforceable, creates an environment that supports sobriety in teens. ...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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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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Can anyone help me to get my seven year old to start flossing his teeth? I feel like he's certainly ready to begin flossing on his own, but he refuses to try. Is there anything that can be done to make learning how to floss on their own more enjoyable for

Can anyone help me to get my seven year old to start flossing his teeth? I feel like he's certainly ready to begin flossing on his own, but he refuses to try. Is there anything that can be done to make learning how to floss on their own more enjoyable for

I : I had a couple of thoughts in addition to dr. Mcleod's recommendations. There is a book called "brush, floss and rinse" for preschool to grade 1. That might help to stimulate his interest. Play doh now has a "doctor drill n fill playset" that allows the child to play dentist. It looks very fun and might help soften his views on not helping with his own oral care. ...Read more

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