Methods to Stop Adult Thumb Sucking

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Methods to Stop Adult Thumb Sucking
Thumb sucking is common in adults. (giant thumb image by Paul Moore from

When referring to thumb sucking, most people might think of children, but thumb sucking is also common in adults. An adult might thumb suck for reasons such as anxiety or comfort. There are several methods used to treat thumb sucking.

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A method used to stop thumb sucking is to create a habit to replace the thumb sucking. Whenever a person has the urge to thumb suck, it is helpful to engage in a different activity such as chewing gum or sucking on a lollipop.


In some cases, thumb sucking is a symptom of some type of anxiety a person is feeling. For a person who sucks their thumb when feeling this way, an anti-anxiety medication is helpful. Doctors generally prescribe these medications.


Cognitive behavioural therapy is a form of psychotherapy used to assist people in changing their thoughts and behaviours. This therapy is effective in treating thumb suckers who are unable to quit on their own.

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