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Thumb sucking

Thumb sucking: Introduction

A common habit in where children suck their thumb. Thumb sucking is a normal soothing activity in infants and younger children and most tend to stop by the age of 4 or 5. However, some continue beyond this age and into adulthood. Thumb sucking at an older age can not only cause the child (or adult) embarrassment but can affect the structure of teeth. Sucking a contaminated thumb can also cause infection. ...more »

Symptoms of Thumb sucking

Treatments for Thumb sucking

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Alternative Treatments for Thumb sucking

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed in various sources as possibly beneficial for Thumb sucking may include:

  • Praise your child for not sucking
  • Do not scold or nag your child for thumbsucking
  • Investigate an underlying cause for their thumbsucking (e.g. boredom, anxiety, etc.)
  • Explain what will happen to their teeth alignment (ask a dentist for help)
  • more treatments »

Thumb sucking: Complications

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Causes of Thumb sucking

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Disease Topics Related To Thumb sucking

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Thumb sucking: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Thumb sucking

Mild worm infections undiagnosed in children: Human worm infestations, esp. threadworm, can be overlooked in some cases, because it may cause only mild or even absent symptoms. more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed (it can, of course, more »

Blood pressure cuffs misdiagnose hypertension in children: One known misdiagnosis issue with hyperension, arises in relation to the simple equipment used to test blood pressure. The "cuff" more »

Children with migraine often misdiagnosed: A migraine often fails to be correctly diagnosed in pediatric patients. These patients are not the typical migraine sufferers, but migraines can also occur more »

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