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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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How can I stop sucking my thumb?

How can I stop sucking my thumb?

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

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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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How can I get my kid to stop sucking his thumb?

How can I get my kid to stop sucking his thumb?

He will on his own: Thumb sucking is quite common and if it is not to the point of peeling his thumb skin off, he will get tired of it some day. If u really don't want him to do so, put some peppermint or tobasco sauce on his thumbs, he won't like it and will give up after awhile. A little bit of tobasco sauce may seem a bit mean, but i never seen a kid hurt by it. Good luck. ...Read more

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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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Should I try and stop my baby from sucking her thumb?

Should I try and stop my baby from sucking her thumb?

No: Sucking is a fantastic self-soothing behavior and if it is "forced" to be eliminated, one may see other behavioral problems soon follow. ...Read more

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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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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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Is it harder to stop sucking your thumb as you get older?

Is it harder to stop sucking your thumb as you get older?

Thumb sucking: Once a habit has become ingrained, it is always harder to stop compared to a habit just recently started. Good luck! ...Read more

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What would you recommend if i can't stop sucking my thumb?

What would you recommend if i can't stop sucking my thumb?

As an adult who: Understands it's not punishment, you can ask your dentist for the same oral appliance used to stop tongue-thrusting. You may need to see an orthodontist. Please see a psychologist first, prefererably one skilled in habit-reversal, to learn an age-appropriate self-calming skill before you deny yourself your thumb. You may or may not not need to replace it with another habit after therapy. ...Read more

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Teenage cousin wont stop sucking her thumb, how to stop her?

Teenage cousin wont stop sucking her thumb, how to stop her?

Cant force her: A dentist can put in a mouth guard that doesn't allow her to get her thumb in her mouth. Seeing a counselor to help discern why she still does it (anxiety and comfort are usually why) and to help give her other ways to self comfort would also be helpful. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to stop sucking my thumb at 14 years old?

Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on Healthtap. Thanks. ...Read more

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Where can I get thumb guards to help children stop sucking their thumbs?

Where can I get thumb guards to help children stop sucking their thumbs?

They don't work: Putting something on the thumb does not work, behavioral modification programs are much more helpful. ...Read more

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What to do if i cannot stop sucking my thumb, how can I force myself to stop?

What to do if i cannot stop sucking my thumb, how can I force myself to stop?

Sucking thumb: At you age this can be a sign of a serious chemical disturbance in your brain. Discuss with your Dr. ...Read more

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How do I stop a 4 years old child from sucking her thumb. Is there any medicine out there?

How do I stop a 4 years old child from sucking her thumb. Is there any medicine out there?

Bedtime: I try to narrow the thumb sucking to nap or bedtime. I tell the child it is okay to suck the thumb in bed. By focusing on one time per day, the child feels there is still hope of not getting in trouble for the habit. Eventually, the nighttime habit will lessen too. Medicines, bandages and yelling do not seem to work well. ...Read more

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I'm too old to be sucking my thumb. But i've tried everything and nothing seems to work. Help!

I'm too old to be sucking my thumb. But i've tried everything and nothing seems to work. Help!

Deal with BasicIssue: Behavior not culturally endorsed & can displace/damage teeth/bite over time. Back to basics: why do humans of any age suck their thumb? Could it be associating food/being fed with a sense of relief, being cared for, having value, especially in situations in which fears overpower sense of feeling loved & of value in this world; especially if events threatening confidence keep recurring? Look within. ...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 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