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Pacifier use is associated with a significantly lower risk of SIDS.

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Can pacifier use be bad?

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In recent years, pediatric medical discussion on the use of pacifiers has focused on the ability of non-nutritive sucking (NNS) to seemingly have the ability to reduce sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). From a dental viewpoint, the use of pacifiers is recommended with caution as it can cause several changes in the way a child's teeth relate. Playtex Ortho-Pro has shown little orthodontic change
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How do I stop the pacifier?

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Many airway problems develop in children with prolonged pacifier use. The dental arch is not developed normally when there is a malocclusion caused by a pacifier or thumb in place continually. So, stopping this habit early is a benefit. Best is behavior modification with rewards, second is removal of the pacifier from the house. The danger is that a thumb will be substituted. Positive feedback !
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Dr. Steven Neish answered:

When to give a baby pacifier?

No rules

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There has been much arguing over the years about pacifiers. In the end, though, there are no rules. When you say baby, I assume that you really mean a baby, under a year of age. My rule: if you baby likes sucking on a pacifier, its fine. Eventually, you need to get rid of the pacifier, but that is something to do in the second year of life.
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Baby face rash from pacifier?

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May be unrelated. May also be from saliva accumulating on lips/cheeks. Make sure you gently and frequently wash child's face with warm water to remove saliva. Make sure pacifier is cleaned often. If rash persists, see Pediatrician.
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Is pacifier good for an infant?

Yes

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The general answer is yes. It is a great way to calm a baby and avoid overfeeding. It has also been thought to decrease chances of sudden infant death syndrome. Do consider: do not start until 3-4 weeks if you are breast feeding (nipple confusion) and definitely take away by age 1 yr. Although you could use it up to age 18-24 mo, it is harder to wean at that age and may affect teeth and speech dev
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Is Overbite caused by pacifier?

Not usually

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Has to do with intensity & duration. Most pacifiers are discontinued well before harm is done. Thumbs/fingers are worse. As an Orthodontist I see much digit damage, almost no pacifier damage. See Pediatric Dental Specialist now, Orthodontist age 7. Try to wean child off pacifier age 2-3, and digits no later than age 4. Ask Pedodontist for help.
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When should I stop the pacifier?

When baby tosses it

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Some babies show no real interest in pacifiers & will not miss it if you don't bring it along. Others have a tight self soothing bond & should be left alone.Clipping it to an outfit with a ribbon prevents baby from using the mouth as a pocket.More time out of the mouth decreases interest.A ziploc bag can help later.Sudden removal by a parent figure sets up a distrust that can last a lifetime.
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Will pacifiers hurt my child's teeth?

Probably not

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Depends on duration and intensity. Thumb or finger sucking much more damaging than pacifier. Sucking reflex is calming/soothing for infants. They should age out by 18-24 months. Continuing digit habit beyond age 4 can deform upper jaw and restrict lower jaw growth.
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What are the pros and cons of pacifiers?

Few if any cons

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In general infants are pacified by sucking and a pacifier can really help infants that are calmed by sucking, In my experience pacifiers rarely interfere with breast feeding and since they can easily be removed when needed are preferable to sucking on fingers/thumbs.
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Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz answered:

Does using a pacifier help or hurt colic?

Neither

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Pacifiers can calm children, and therefore may allow them to more easily quiet during bouts of colic. They do not actually have any effect on the colic itself.
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