Parents give thumbs up to anti-sucking clinics
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.