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Skiers Thumb In Children
They don't work: Putting something on the thumb does not work, behavioral modification programs are much more helpful. ...Read more
I have a clubbed thumb, I would feel bad if I pass this syndrome on to my children. Would it be possible to filter out the defect?
Not possible: It is my understanding that clubbed thumb is caused by a recessive gene that may have been passed down hidden for generations until matched by the genes of the other parent, to now manifest. It is not possible at this time to alter the genes in one's eggs or sperm and this gene will be passed on but has less than 25% chance of showing in your children, even if their other parent is a carrier. ...Read more
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
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
No: Thumbsucking and pacifier-sucking don't "ruin" teeth, but they will lead to more overbite in the baby's front teeth. Be sure these habits go away before the permanent teeth come. Throw out the pacifiers no later than when throwing out the bottles (around age 20-24 months). Since many or most kids get braces to straighten their teeth in the teen years, an overbite should be easily correctable. ...Read more
After a fall: When a skier falls on their poles the thumb can get trapped and the injury is in the joint near the base of the thumb. That's why people wear the straps so the pole can break away during a fall. ...Read more
Natural variation: There is a whole host of variations on size and shape of human body. What you consider short and stubby may be eminently suited for some tasks and vocations and would put you at a competitive advantage. Make the best use of your God given assets and talents. May He bless you with good health, happiness and prosperity! ...Read more
Perhaps poor aim with your hammer. Excuse the humor.
Many things could be the cause; rheumatoid arthritis, compromised circulation in the area or generally, virtually anything... A visit to an md is truly your best chance to get a serious (non-humorous) and healthful answer. Good luck! ...Read more
R S I: Gamer’s thumb" refers to a repetitive stress injury (rsi) that causes swelling at the base of the thumb due to overuse of video games. Rsi is an umbrella term for a collection of disorders most commonly affecting the hands, wrists, forearms, and shoulders, notes miles. She adds that symptoms can range from fatigue and loss of strength to minor or acute aches and pains, burning, and tingling. ...Read more
Ligament tear thumb: Skier's thumb or gamekeepers thumb are common terms for a tear in the thumb mp joint ulnar collateral ligament. The mechanism of injury is a radially-oriented force on the thumb, which can occur when gripping and planting a ski pole. (or, back in the day, ringing a rabbits neck.) best to see an orthopaedist or hand specialist for treatment options. ...Read more
Why do it?: The real question is, "what does thumb sucking accomplish? " for small children, it's easy. It eases boredom, provides relaxation and some mild stress relief. For adults, it can do a lot of the same things, but most adults have learned other coping skills, or learned to deal with life's stresses. Thumb sucking obviously serves a purpose, and a therapist can help find them and form new coping skills. ...Read more
Many ways: It depends on the type of thumb fracture that you have. Some require immobilization only, others are best served with fixation with pins or plates and screws. If you have a thumb fracture, please see an orthopedic surgeon for an exam and x-rays to make sure your fracture is treated appropriately. ...Read more
Injury?: Can't explain this other than injury or overuse of the thumb (video game enthusiasts get this a lot). Using the thumb to text can do it as well. Look into what, if any, overuse activities with the thumb you might be doing. ...Read more
Nail polish: Couple of things you might consider: wear a sock on your hand when you go to bed, create a barrier between the thumb and your mouth, another is to look at your self in a mirror as you suck your thumb, keep that visual in mind when you feel the urge. Third, you can purchase a nail polish that is designed to taste bad when you put your thumb in your mouth. You can obtain it at the grocery store. ...Read more