Par­ents give thumbs up to anti-suck­ing clin­ics

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT -

QUEENS­LAND par­ents are flock­ing to thumb­suck­ing clin­ics in a bid to help their kids quit the ad­dic­tive habit.

The num­ber of cer­ti­fied thumb­suck­ing clin­i­cians are on the rise and their books are filled with frus­trated par­ents.

Carla Le­jar­raja is a world ex­pert in the ther­apy and runs The Thumb Suck­ing Clinic in Townsville.

“I am a den­tal hy­gien­ist and my daugh­ter was a thumb­sucker,” she said. “Af­ter much re­search and train­ing I found the tech­niques that helped her quit her habit.”

Now Ms Le­jar­raja trains new clin­i­cians in Aus­tralia and around the world.

Psy­chol­o­gist Michael Car­rGregg says he is con­cerned that par­ents have enough to worry about rais­ing chil­dren with­out spend­ing money on break­ing a com­mon child­hood habit.

“Most chil­dren grow out of thumb­suck­ing and seek­ing pro­fes­sional help should only be for ex­treme cases,” he said.

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