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

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

Dr. David May
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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 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 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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I'm 29 years old and smoke about 15 smokes a day I've used patches to quit but never seem to quit for long I need tips to quit smoking please ?

I'm 29 years old and smoke about 15 smokes a day I've used patches to quit but never seem to quit for long I need tips to quit smoking please ?

Keep at it: Addictions are chronic relapsing diseases and one has to keep at it. Typically it takes 6-7 tries. Give yourself at least six month with the patch and if you are highly dependent on nicotine based on serum cotinine levels you might benefit from a patch for the rest of your life. It's tobacco not the nicotine which is dangerous. At www.drrotcford.com under handouts there's a handout. ...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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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 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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Should I be worried about my babies health if I still smoke cigarettes at 5 weeks ? I'm trying to cut down but can't quit cold turkey.

Should I be worried about my babies health if I still smoke cigarettes at 5 weeks ? I'm trying to cut down but can't quit cold turkey.

Keep trying: We know the nicotine has a negative effect on the quality of your placenta and how well it transfers nutrients. Its effect is dose related, so the fewer smokes you do the less it messes with baby.Keep at it. Don't worry about a cleft palate or 3 eyes or other scary stuff. You just don't need a shrimpy baby with a possibility of learning issues later in life who grows up wanting to smoke. ...Read more

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Grew up without mom so during puberty i ate junk food, i'm 5'7 my dad's 5'9.Use to smoke water pipe for 2.5 years between 16-18.Stunted growth? Stress

Grew up without mom so during puberty i ate junk food, i'm 5'7 my dad's 5'9.Use to smoke water pipe for 2.5 years between 16-18.Stunted growth? Stress

Not necessarily: 5'7" is not necessarily stunted growth. Most people will be as tall as their parents give or take 2 inches. You do recognize that you had some unhealthy habits in your teens...Boys grow til 20 and some into their 20s. Good nutrition, stopped smoking good food can help. Also consider seeing a chinese medicine practitioner as you may find that to be helpful as well. ...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 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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I'm 19 years old and can not break a thumb sucking habit it's never public but is becoming a problem what are ways to stop thumb sucking?

I'm 19 years old and can not break a thumb sucking habit it's never public but is becoming a problem what are ways to stop thumb sucking?

Treat Impulse D/O: Thumb sucking is a type of an anxiety disorder called an impulse disorder, like impulsive shopping, nail biting, etc. There are specific cognitive behavioral techniques for treating impulse disorders (may apply ocd response/prevention techniques) and medications (high dose ssris and atypical neuroleptics). www.ocfoundation.org for support. Ask for help. ...Read more

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Any suggestions to get a 14 year old to stop thumbsucking ?

Any suggestions to get a 14 year old  to stop  thumbsucking ?

Yes: At this point you must have a concern as to what is causing the young person to continue a habit which most children leave behind by the age of 4 or 5. Your first stop needs to be the dentist, although, it would seem that the child will most likely need braces from all of the years of thumb-sucking. A family therapy session may be a good idea, to find the source of the situation. ...Read more

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How do I stop a 4 years old child from sucking her thumb. Is there any medicine out there?

How do I stop a 4 years old child from sucking her thumb. Is there any medicine out there?

Bedtime: I try to narrow the thumb sucking to nap or bedtime. I tell the child it is okay to suck the thumb in bed. By focusing on one time per day, the child feels there is still hope of not getting in trouble for the habit. Eventually, the nighttime habit will lessen too. Medicines, bandages and yelling do not seem to work well. ...Read more

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How to ease non stop coughing 5 yr old?

How to ease non stop coughing 5 yr old?

Sinusitis asthma: One of the most common causes of cough in a child is an unrecognized sinus infection. This can lead to an asthma like condition and responds well to antibiotics. See your pediatrician or an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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I want to increase my height from 5 foot 5 inch to 5 foot 10 inches without medicine please guide me MY age is 30 year old.

I want to increase my height from 5 foot 5 inch to 5 foot 10 inches without medicine please guide me  MY age is 30 year old.

Sorry...: Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but growing 5 inches at 30 years of age isn't going to happen. Your growth plates (which lead to bone growth) closed likely a decade ago. Learn to love yourself as you are - height is nothing but a number. ...Read more

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How to stop diarreha in 5 year old?

How to stop diarreha in 5 year old?

Time: Most infectious diarrhea need time to subside. Do not use any antidirrheal agents to stop it. They cause more issues, especially toxemias due to keeping the infection inside. Lots of fluids to drink and keep an eye on the urine output. If urine is low or if child appears tired and weak, take him to the physician. ...Read more

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What can I do to get my 6 year old son to stop sucking his thumb? Hes starting to mess up his teeth.

What can I do to get my 6 year old son to stop sucking his thumb? Hes starting to mess up his teeth.

See an orthodontist: There's always the stick-his-thumb-in-something-gross-tasting method, like tabasco or whatever. That requires constant supervision and determination. Or you can visit an orthodontist and they can help determine if some sort of oral appliance may help. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 2 1/2 year old still sucks her thumb.how can i get her to stop and will this cause any permanant damage to her teeth?

My 2  1/2 year old still sucks her thumb.how can i get her to stop and will this cause any permanant damage to her teeth?

Difficult problem: When a toddler has a consistent self soothing activity such as thumb sucking it is difficult to change.Sometimes finding a stuffed animal , blanket, or doll can provide a substitute. generally it will resolve on it's own when your child is ready. It can lead to overbite problems but most children get braces which can correct this issue ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i'm 17 years old my height is 5foot 5 and half how much i can grow till 23 and how to increse myself?

What do you suggest if i'm 17 years old my height is 5foot 5 and half how much i can grow till 23 and how to increse myself?

Your height: If you've completed puberty you aren't likely to grow taller. Girls complete puberty by ages 15 to 17 & for boys it is by ages 16 to 17. However, if one enters puberty late, they will usually also complete it late. Our height is largely determined by genetics (our parents' height). If you are healthy (no unusual causes for stunted growth/ smaller stature) then there is not a way to become taller ...Read more