Sumi Makkar Sexton, MD
Dr. Sumi Makkar Sexton is an assistant professor of family medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington DC, and is a founding partner and President of Premier Primary Care Physicians in Arlington, Virginia (www.premierprimarycare.com). She is also an associate editor for American Family Physician, the best-read journal in the field of primary care. Dr. Sexton received her medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1996 and completed a residency in family medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1999. Her writing and research in the field of pacifier and thumb sucking was not only fueled by her current medical practice, but also by her two young daughters, who were avid pacifier users.
Ruby Natale Andrew, PhD, PsyD
Dr. Ruby Natale Andrew is a practicing clinical child psychologist in Miami with expertise in early childhood development. She received her dual PhD and PsyD doctorate degrees from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2000, and completed a fellowship in pediatric psychology at the University of Miami School of Medicine in 2003. Dr. Natale Andrew is also a working mother of one daughter. Her interest in the field of pacifiers started when she had concerns about the pacifier’s effect on breastfeeding her daughter.
Liza Draper is a stay-at-home mom of two. Prior to having children, Liza was a writer for an art gallery and a social justice nonprofit organization. She has a BA from Bucknell University with a double major in history and the classics, providing her insight and interest in the history of pacifier and thumb sucking and cultural differences.
About Pacifiers Anonymous:
Does your child have an obsession with the pacifier or thumb and crave it like you crave your morning coffee? If you are looking to make a clean break, this book will give you the solution. “Pacifiers Anonymous” is written by three moms whose full-time jobs are perfectly suited to this book: one is a medical doctor, one is a child psychologist, and one is a stay-at-home mom. The book takes a “from-the-trenches” approach with twelve easy steps to help your child kick the pacifier or thumb sucking habit for good.
This book will finally answer your most pressing questions: • Is your child ready to ditch the thumb or pacifier? Know the surefire signs to watch out for. • What can you do instead? Discover the technique that’s best for soothing your child. • What are the most popular techniques out there to get rid of the pacifier or thumb-and what really works? • Is it really so bad to use the pacifier? (Rest easy: there are actually some benefits!) • Did cave babies suck their thumbs? Learn the comforting truth about the history of pacifiers and thumb sucking.
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