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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

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 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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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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Masturbation problem... I need a way to stop. I don't know how though. Something like chewing gum to stop bitting finger nails. Drives me insane;maste?

Masturbation problem... I need a way to stop. I don't know how though. Something like chewing gum to stop bitting finger nails. Drives me insane;maste?

Masturbation: From a medical standpoint there is no damage caused by this normal and natural human experience. Masturbation is a natural human event that adds depth to our human experience. It is part of being a sexual being and should not be considered in any way abnormal. Now. If you have religious views that contradict this medical information please find a trusted advisor who can help you through this. ...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 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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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 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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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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How do I protect my child from cyber-bullying, i've heard that it can lead to suicide attempts?

How do I protect my child from cyber-bullying, i've heard that it can lead to suicide attempts?

More Guidance: Talk to your child, seek professional help and above all, try to help control the web access by using parental controls and the like.But child education is probably the most important. ...Read more

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How do you stop from crying yourself to sleep?

How do you stop from crying yourself to sleep?

Help: You should team up with your doctor to explore reasons why this is happening. He/she may refer you to a counsellor who has tools to help you with this. ...Read more

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How do I stop biting my cuticles to the quick?

How do I stop biting my cuticles to the quick?

Cuticle biting: Once you get into this habit it is difficult to break. You could try soaking your finger tips into a paste made of some bitter melon and leaving it on for about 10-15 miinutes and then just wiping the paste off wihtout washing it off. Then if you will not want to put those finger tips into your mouth to nibble at your cuticles it is totally benign as far as side effects go. ...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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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 you get your kid to stop biting nails?

How do you get your kid to stop biting nails?

Difficult!: Nail biting is a very difficult habit to break. One thing you could do is have your child keep his hands covered with gloves to break the cycle of nail biting. Gently removing the childs fingers from their mouth each time you notice them biting is another method. In pharmacies, if you can find it, is nail biters liquid. This is a very bitter liquid painted on to the nails, and discourages biting. ...Read more

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Is it unhealthy to crack your neck? How can I get myself to stop?

Is it unhealthy to crack your neck? How can I get myself to stop?

Potentially: If you crack it out of nervousness, it may be a bad habit. Do not force it to crack. Increasing your stretching to the neck, forward/backward, side to side and in small circles, will likely reduce this need. Other options include seeing a chiropractor or osteopathic dr. ...Read more

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How to stop thinking about my parents while trying to masturbate?

How to stop thinking about my parents while trying to masturbate?

What thoughts?: If you're afraid of your parents catching you, ask about having a lock on your door for privacy. If you think your parents are both really neat people and the love they have for each other turns you on, then you are more fortunate than 99% of young people -- and so are your parents. You clearly know never to act anything out that would harm. Let any images guide you to show affection safely. ...Read more

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What to do to stop hurting myself out of frustration?

What to do to stop hurting myself out of frustration?

Get Help!: Don't do it alone! find a mental health provider who will help you get through the difficulties and help you learn new coping skills: self-care routine, meditation, relaxation, setting up achievable goals. Consider medication, if there's a need.Call 911 or go to the nearest er if thoughts become overwhelming. Suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to lick the habit of me biting my own nails?

Can you tell me how to lick the habit of me biting my own nails?

Become aware: Become aware of when and situations in which you're biting Visualize yourself with strong healthy nails Pick one nail to protect, let it grow Pick another and continue the process until you've successfully avoided biting all nails. If you ever have urge, focus on just 1 nail to bite Maintain healthy nails--healthy diet, manicure, pretty polish, cuticle oil ...Read more

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How can I stop being addicted to the internet ?

How can I stop being addicted to the internet ?

Seek help: All addictions are serious and you need to seek help. Ask your physician for a referral to a psychologist and a psychiatrist as well as a 10 step program in your city. You may have an anxiety problem with obsessive compulsive issues and these are serious issues that require a doctor's help. ...Read more