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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

Fear (Definition)

I would define fear as an insecure feeling, a feeling of impending doom! this is a sort of defense mechanism we developed that help us to survive. Fear helps us from falling "off the cliffs, " as we know the consequences; and help us survive. Children unknowingly, fall off, as ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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