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Dr. Allen Fein
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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How could I tell if I have broken my thumb?

How could I tell if I have broken my thumb?

X-Ray is best way.: Taking a simple x-ray is the quickest way to determine if there is a fracture. A walk in clinic equipped with an x-ray machine should be less expensive than a hospital er is you do not have insurance. If you have a physician, an exam could steer you to the right place, perhaps to an x-ray facility with a script in hand for the x-ray. Missed fractures may lead to complications like displacement. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Michael Amster
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How do I stop sucking my thumb?

How do I stop sucking my thumb?

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

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Mark Weston
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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Dr. William Drescher
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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I stil suck my thumb and im 30 is their something wrong about that?

I stil suck my thumb and im 30 is their something wrong about that?

Psychotherapy: I really hate to sound like a freudian, but what you describe is a need for increased oral stimulation that suggests a developmental issue that could be addressed with insight-oriented psychotherapy. It is not fast, but is thorough. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Dr. Ali Hallaj-pour
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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When is a normal time for my baby stop sucking her thumb?

When is a normal time for my baby stop sucking her thumb?

4 years: Even if it persist after 4, if it is an infrequent event don't worry to much, it is usually outgrown. If it is very persistent, then ask your pediatrician for help. You can use reward charts, put on socks if it's before bedtime or during bedtime, replace the thumb sucking with something else (squeeze ball), can also use these terrible tasting (of course non toxic) vegetable nail polishes (otc). ...Read more

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Board Certified, Geriatrics
34 years in practice
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My thumb has swelled up and can't grip anything without pain ?

My thumb has swelled up and can't grip anything without pain ?

See a Dr: From infection to insect bites to rheumatic disorders there are many possibilities. Somebody has to see it. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
21 years in practice
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What can I do to stop sucking my thumb?

What can I do to stop sucking my thumb?

BFRB Expert Can Help: Habitual thumb-sucking = body-focused repetitive behavior -like skin-picking/hair pulling/nail biting. Bfrbs occur in response 2 (a) emotions (anxiety, fear, boredom, excitement); & (b) sensations on skin. They also result in pleasurable feelings & relieve tension. It can be stressful 2 imagine stopping! effective treatments r available (http://bit.Ly/z9dgyb). See clinical psychologist+bfrb expert. ...Read more

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