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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. Don´t overwhelm her. ...Read more

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Should i stop my 4 mth old from sucking her thumb?

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Should i stop my 4 mth old from sucking her thumb?

No: Sucking her thumb is a method by which she can calm and comfort herself. It is natural at this age. ...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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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 do I stop mu 40 year old wife ftom sucking her thumb?

How do I stop mu 40 year old wife ftom sucking her thumb?

She might / you not: There are some interesting thumb guards out there designed to remind people when they put their thumb in their mouth & some prevent the mouth from closing around the thumb & interfering with suction.For anyone to benefit from such therapy they must decide they want it. If its a stress releaver, your efforts may make it worse. Hypnosis might be another option, again one needs to want change to do it. ...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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What's a good way to stop my 1 year old from sucking a pacifier?

What's a good way to stop my 1 year old from sucking a pacifier?

Try this: Make a game out of it. On the day you want your child to quit, say, this will be the last day for your "whatever nickname" you give the pacifier. Then follow through. Throw all of them away, check everywhere to make sure all are gone. This is the only way i've tried that works. ...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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What can I do to stop my 4 year old from grinding his teeth in his sleep?

What can I do to stop my 4 year old from grinding his teeth in his sleep?

Normal: Many children grind their teeth while asleep. So do many adults. The sound it makes is very annoying and alarming, but don't worry about your 4 year old. Teeth get worn down from grinding, but a 4 year old will get new adult teeth. Most kids stop grinding spontaneously. ...Read more

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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

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How can I stop my son from sucking his finger?

How can I stop my son from sucking his finger?

See below:: Limit time allowing to suck-not in public. Do not criticize or confront-praise when not doing it. Talk about his finger sucking and make him self aware. Encourage him and flatter him that in the future he will not suck his finger since he will be all grown up. Give him a role model to aspire this goal: ex: does batman or spiderman suck their finger? ...Read more

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How can I get my six year old to stop sucking on her finger?

How can I get my six year old to stop sucking on her finger?

She'll stop someday: Thumb sucking is quite common and if it is not to the point of peeling her thumb skin off, she will get tired of it some day. Keeping her busy will help. If u really don't want her to do so, put some peppermint or tobasco sauce on his thumbs, she won't like it and will give up after awhile. A little bit of tobasco sauce may seem a bit mean, but i never seen a kid hurt by it. Good luck. ...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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My 2 user old daughter is sucking on bottom lip. I want her stop but I don't want her to give her a pacifier. What can I use to stop the habit?

My 2 user old daughter is sucking on bottom lip. I want her stop but I don't want her to give her a pacifier. What can I use to stop the habit?

Positive reinforceme: Positive reinforcement helps child get over bad habits such as thumb sucking, pacifiers, etc. That may sound counterintuitive but it might just work. Here's what you do-when she's NOT sucking her bottom lip comment positively on what a big girl she is and give praise. Do nothing when she's biting on her lip. After awhile, she'll will discontinue the habit ...Read more

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How can I wean my child off thumb sucking?

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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How can I stop a 12 year old kid from biting her nails?

How can I stop a 12 year old kid from biting her nails?

Painting: First find out why she bites her nails, is it habit, nervousness, anxiety. Using thumbx on nails creates a bad taste when she does, or you can manicure and paint her nails so they look pretty and she may not want to bite them. Talk with her about germs that enter her mouth each time she bites. ...Read more

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Sometimes my 4 month old doesn't stop crying until he is sucking on my breast for comfort and won't take the pacifier, what should I do?

Sometimes my 4 month old doesn't stop crying until he is sucking on my breast for comfort and won't take the pacifier, what should I do?

Pacifier: This is a time that baby has nutritive sucking needs (actually feeding milk from the breast) and also non nutritive sucking needs (comfort sucking as you mention) Four month olds are able to start to SELF console which is important to let him start doing now. When you know he is full and starting to suck to console and sleepy, put him down sleepy but not asleep. He can learn to suck a thumb! ...Read more

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My 4 yr old clitoral is hurting how can I help it stop.

My 4 yr old clitoral is hurting how can I help it stop.

Need an exam: She needs an exam by her doctor to determine the cause of the pain. Then the appropriate treatment can be started. ...Read more

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How can I stop a 12 yr old from biting her nails?

How can I stop a 12 yr old from biting her nails?

Painting: First find out why she bites her nails, is it habit, nervousness, anxiety. Using thumbx on nails creates a bad taste when she does, or you can manicure and paint her nails so they look pretty and she may not want to bite them. Talk with her about germs that enter her mouth each time she bites. ...Read more

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How can I get my 27 month old daughter to stop usong the pacifier?

How can I get my 27 month old daughter to stop usong the pacifier?

Gradually: Gradually weaning probably better than a sudden stop. You'll have to tolerate the crying for a while. Your child needs to learn to comfort him/herself and weaning off of the pacifier is a start. ...Read more

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