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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

Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Orthodontics (Definition)

An orthodontist is a dentist who has had additional years of schooling in the discipline of facial and oral structures. They use braces and appliances to align the jaws and teeth for proper form and function. Straighter teeth not only look good, but also allow better oral hygiene, less periodontal ...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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What's recommended as a cure for thumb-sucking in adulthood ?

What's recommended as a cure for thumb-sucking in adulthood ?

Habit: You have developed a habit disorder. The best way to deal with this is to replace the behavior with another behavior that is not so aggravating to you and others. Use your imagination to think of one and you can heal yourself by yourself! good luck! ...Read more

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Is it possible to feel fetal thumb sucking?

Is it possible to feel fetal thumb sucking?

NO: Who would have ever told you that ? You can fell fetal movement starting at around 20 weeks. ...Read more

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Adult thumb sucking and pacifier use associated with anxiety?

Adult thumb sucking and pacifier use associated with anxiety?

Thumb Sucking: Adult thumb-sucking can definitely be tied to an anxiety disorder. In fact, the thumb sucking ; pacifier use could cause you to swallow significant air, making reflux symptoms worse. I would consider cognitive behavioral therapy to find out the cause of the behavior--it can lead to chronic fungal and bacterial infections of the thumb that could be "digit losing". The cbt will give tools to help. ...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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My high arced palate was caused by thumb sucking as a child. It has caused me to have a lisp (ch , sh , j , g some z) Is there any form of surgery to ?

My high arced palate was caused by thumb sucking as a child. It has caused me to have a lisp (ch , sh , j , g some z) Is there any form of surgery to ?

Lisp: Patients generally lisp as a result of the position of the tongue as it relates to the front upper and lower teeth and not from an arched palate. See a board certified Orthodontist who can evaluate you and determine what can be done from an Orthodontic standpoint and if Orthognathic surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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Can thumb sucking disfigure the teeth?

Can thumb sucking disfigure the teeth?

Yes: The same as using a pacifier. It can cause rounding of the top front teeth and an over bite. ...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 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

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What could cause continued thumb sucking?

What could cause continued thumb sucking?

Habitual: There are many psycho-social causes of this habits but the child usually outgrow it by school age. ...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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Are thumb guards effective at stopping thumb-sucking?

Are thumb guards effective at stopping thumb-sucking?

Maybe: Only way to know is to "buy and try." but is it really that much a problem to go that far? Maybe there is an underlying reason for the thumb-sucking you have not explored yet. Is it more frequent when they come home from daycare or a friends house or etc? ...Read more

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What are the long term consequences of thumb-sucking?

What are the long term consequences of thumb-sucking?

Many: Grinding your teeth can result in headaches, earaches, damage to your teeth and enamel causing erosion of the teeth and sensitivity, increased risk of cavities, and loose teeth. If you grind your teeth, see your dentist to get fitted for a mouth guard. ...Read more

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Do socks work at stopping thumb-sucking?

Do socks work at stopping thumb-sucking?

Thumb sucking : Socks usually just get wet and them are just stuck i'm the mouth with the thumb. When ever i had these types of questions , i always looked up and followed whatever dr brazelton would say to do. He is helpful with sleep issues as well. ...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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What dental problems can result from thumb-sucking?

What dental problems can result from thumb-sucking?

None: None. Baby teeth fall out. New teeth replace them. If you are still doing it after your permanent teeth come in, then you might have bigger problems to worry about than just your teeth. ...Read more

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Other than dental issues. Are there any other health risks associated with adult thumb sucking?

Other than dental issues. Are there any other health risks associated with adult thumb sucking?

Malocclusion: Besides dental complications of developing a malocclusion, thumb sucking at any age poses a risk for infection by introducing bacteria into the oral cavity. If you are going to continue with the habit, wash your hands thoroughly before doing it. ...Read more

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