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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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I'm 19 years old and can not break a thumb sucking habit it's never public but is becoming a problem what are ways to stop thumb sucking?

I'm 19 years old and can not break a thumb sucking habit it's never public but is becoming a problem what are ways to stop thumb sucking?

Treat Impulse D/O: Thumb sucking is a type of an anxiety disorder called an impulse disorder, like impulsive shopping, nail biting, etc. There are specific cognitive behavioral techniques for treating impulse disorders (may apply ocd response/prevention techniques) and medications (high dose ssris and atypical neuroleptics). www. Ocfoundation. Org for support. Ask for help. ...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 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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Is there anything wrong about adult thumb sucking?

Is there anything wrong about adult thumb sucking?

Thumbsucking: Adult bloodsucking is completely abnormal and needs psychological evaluation.. ...Read more

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Help please? What health risks associated with adult thumb sucking?

Overbite: Which is worse? Sucking your thumb at age 47 or having to wear braces? Neither or both. It depends. You probably won't do much harm to the thumb unless you happen to forget its there, get in a car accident or have a convulsive seizure and end up biting down on it. Compulsions, anxiety and oral fixation can be treated if it causing the person distress. ...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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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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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 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

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My 6 year old daughter can't stop thumb sucking. Her teeth are not in allignment. What can be done? Please help. Thanks.

My 6 year old daughter can't stop thumb sucking. Her teeth are not in allignment. What can be done? Please help. Thanks.

See a pedodontist: Thumb sucking should stop by age 2.
After that, it does harm by moving the teeth and opening the bite. Also the jaw bones become malformed.
Don't panic though because there is treatment. See your dentist. They will refer you to the proper specialists to stop the oral habit, orthodonticly move teeth to proper alignment. And the bone will be remolded to normal. ...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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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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Is it okay for a 13 year old to be thumb sucking?

Is it okay for a 13 year old to be thumb sucking?

Thumb sucking: Thumb sucking at his age is not helping his bite. He should have been broken from the habit years ago ...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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How should I reward my child when trying to get her to quit thumb-sucking?

How should I reward my child when trying to get her to quit thumb-sucking?

Rewards for good: Rewards for good behavior can be a simple as goods words and praise for good behavior. Most children like to keep their parents happy and do good. Try to stay away from candy. You can try bribes like a certain toy but try not to get in the habit of rewarding them for everything it is amazing how many parents tell their children they can get a toy after their doctor visit. Anyway. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hey, I have a very bad overbite due to thumb sucking when I was smaller. Is there any less expensive ways I can fix it?

Hey, I have a very bad overbite due to thumb sucking when I was smaller. Is there any less expensive ways I can fix it?

Thumb sucking: Parafunctional habits, continued beyond age 4, can cause both alignment and skeletal malformations, especially if there is an underlying genetic malrelationship. Sorry, no quick fix, salve, pill, gadget or gizmo, snake oil, or homeopathic. See a fully qualified specialist Orthodontist for initial exam (usually free) to determine the extent of your problem, treatment options, and fee options. ...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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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 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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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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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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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 when the front upper and lower teeth cannot contact edge to edge (or tongue gets in between them) and not from merely having a high 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 result in gum infection in infants? How can it be stopped?

Can thumb sucking result in gum infection in infants? How can it be stopped?

Thumb sucking: Thumb sucking is normal and it can not cause gum infection. Also, most infants out grow this so no need to try and stop it. ...Read more

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Do thumb-sucking and pacifiers ruin children's teeth and bites?

Do thumb-sucking and pacifiers ruin children's teeth and bites?

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

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Does thumb sucking cause more chapped lips or is it from smoking?

Does thumb sucking cause more chapped lips or is it from smoking?

Chapped lips: Both activities probably contributed to chapped lips. Chapped lips are simply injury to the outer lining or the upper layer of skin. This can be from dehydration or any other kind of injury. ...Read more

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How to break thumb sucking habit for my 3 month old daughter? . what supplement can I start for her as I have to go back to my work?

How to break thumb sucking habit for my 3 month old daughter? . what supplement can I start for her as I have to go back to my work?

Why?: An infant will learn to master the art of self soothing as part of basic personality development. You can choose to deny this and raise a fearful, self-conscious kid or find ways to channel their natural patterns into those you can accept. Pacifiers are a great transitional aid that can be tossed when the kid decides to give it up. Many formulas are acceptable supplements. ...Read more

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How much is a mouth piece to prevent thumb sucking cost?

How much is a mouth piece to prevent thumb sucking cost?

Thumbsucking: A mouthpiece is otc. Go to a pharmacy to find out the cost. ...Read more

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If my teeth flare out (because of thumb sucking), should I get braces?

If my teeth flare out (because of thumb sucking), should I get braces?

Braces: Yes, but if the thumb sucking continues then after the braces are removed then the teeth will flare again. So you have to address the thumb sucking habit. Talk to an orthodontist to discuss options. ...Read more

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Could the saliva from my his thumb sucking cause irritation when he rubs his eyes?

Skin hates drool: Excess exposure to saliva can cause skin irritation. Thumbsuckers have excess saliva/drool on their thumbs which is known to irritate the skin on the thumb as well as around the mouth. Eye rubbing, however, is brief and mostly occurs with the back of a closed fist (not the thumb), so minimal contact with the saliva occurs. In theory, it could irritate the skin, but not likely. ...Read more

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Getting 1 upper wisdom tooth removed on friday. Problem is I have a thumb sucking habit. Is it best to refrain from this activity during this time?

Getting 1 upper wisdom tooth removed on friday. Problem is I have a thumb sucking habit. Is it best to refrain from this activity during this time?

Don't suck thumb: Thumb sucking can cause undue pressure on the clot in the extraction site and cause it to come out, resulting in a dry socket. So, yes, you should avoid this. I'm wondering what affect this habit has on the position of your front teeth? You should try to break this habit. You might need professional help for this, even an orthodontist can make a retainer to help you to break the habit. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can thumb sucking cause crooked teeth? My 3 year old still sucks her thumb, even though I've been trying to break the habit for 5 months now. I'm not sure, but it looks like her front middle teeth look slightly crooked and I was wondering if her thumb suc

Absolutely: Unlike a pacifier that can be thrown away, a thumb is permanently available. Please gently try to discourage the habit, but remember for many kids it's a crutch, and kid's can't understand the down side. You may need help physically and psychologically if habit persists past beginning of eruption of the permanent teeth. Again, be gentle. ...Read more

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Should we be worrying that our four year old's thumb sucking is harming his teeth? Our son is still sucking his thumb at age four, and our attempts at weaning him off it have not been too successful. At what point do we need to worry that he's doing or is

Should we be worrying that our four year old's thumb sucking is harming his teeth? Our son is still sucking his thumb at age four, and our attempts at weaning him off it have not been too successful. At what point do we need to worry that he's doing or is

Get help: As an orthodontist I'm called upon to rx distorted mouths due to pernicious digit habits. If your child kept hitting themselves over the head with a hammer, wouldn't you take the hammer away? If your child kept finding other objects to repeat this bad behavior, wouldn't you seek help finding out why, and what to do about it. Please get help now. Fixing the damage is no fun. ...Read more

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