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Adults sucking thumbs
Old 11-13-2018, 06:02 PM
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Anyone know anyone who does this?

Recently heard of someone, and was shocked.


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Old 11-13-2018, 06:09 PM
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It's certainly unusual, but if that's the worst thing a person does they are in good shape.

I wonder how other people know. Most adults (and school-aged children) know that thumb-sucking is considered babyish and so they don't do it in public.
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Old 11-13-2018, 06:12 PM
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I have friend who worked as an RN at a children's hospital. She once commented that while checking in patients during the night she would sometimes hear thumb sucking, but it wasn't coming from the child.....
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not a thumb sucker, but...
Old 11-13-2018, 06:48 PM
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My father-in-law told me that one of his sisters use to suck her middle two fingers to go to sleep. As an adult, she finally broke herself of the habit by sleeping with a sock on her hand.
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Old 11-13-2018, 07:25 PM
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My aunt did well into adulthood. Only during sleep, and she didn't do it consciously.


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Old 11-13-2018, 07:37 PM
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is sometimes the cause. I know an adult who just stopped after going on anti-anxiety meds.
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:42 PM
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Definitely know some and I have seen some random people doing it! Always surprises me!
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Old 11-14-2018, 03:01 AM
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That is a little surprising. I could never do that because even licking my fingers grosses me out. I would have to run to the sink to immediately wash my hands if my tongue ever got near my fingers.
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Old 11-14-2018, 04:16 AM
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I don't know anyone who does this. All I can think about is the germ factor .
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Old 11-14-2018, 04:47 AM
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I will admit to being a thumb sucker into my early 20's. I stopped when I had 3 wisdom teeth pulled at the same time. Why did I do it? I don't know. It was a habit. My childhood had a lot of issues and I most likely comforted myself this way and it just continued on.


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Sucking is a normal need for babies
Old 11-14-2018, 05:09 AM
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and helps develop their brain function. Bottle-sucking and pacifier-sucking does not require the same amount of effort as breast feeding type sucking.

People who need to suck after what is considered the normal developmental sucking stage probably just did not get to suck adequately as babies/toddlers. Better to suck one's thumb than smoke or overeat, both emanating from that same basic need.
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Old 11-14-2018, 07:12 AM
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I sucked my thumb well into adulthood. It was partially habit and also self soothing when anxious. I canít remember when I stopped, it just did.
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My daughter did
Old 11-14-2018, 12:30 PM
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Although we used almost every possible method of encouraging her to quit. The only thing we didn't do was put a dental appliance in her mouth. Frankly, I felt that if she needed it that badly it would be cruel to use the appliance.

She didn't do it in public, and in her later years she did it either when asleep or chilling and watching TV. Now that she has an infant and an autistic toddler, and she's getting her masters in forensic pathology, she doesn't have a whole lot of chill time anymore, and I haven't seen her do it in a long time.
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