Please suggest measures to stop my daughter's lip sucking habit.

Q. How to stop the lip sucking habit of my daughter?

Answered by
Dr. Naveen Thomas
and medically reviewed by Dr. K Shobana
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 13, 2016 and last reviewed on: Jul 04, 2023

Hi doctor,

My daughter has been sucking her lip since her childhood. She is 14 years old. Now, her lip has become very swollen.



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You need to get an oral screen, custom-made for your daughter, which she has to wear continuously for three to four months duration. Oral screen can be made if you go to a dentist. The habit can be stopped only along with the will of the patient as she is already 14 years old now. She needs to understand the consequences of this problem. Her behavior can be changed only with positive and negative reinforcements from your side. Positive reinforcement should be given step by step by appreciating the patient if she avoids it for at least one to two hour and rewarding her for her effort. If possible, post some pictures of the lip area to help us understand the severity of the problem. Thank you.

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