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Pacifier (Definition)

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

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How long is it okay for a child to have a pacifier?

How long is it okay for a child to have a pacifier?

Under one year: You don't want your baby to develop an emotional need for the pacifier that may make it difficult for them to give it up later. Kids who need a pacifier by the time they are in preschool were not given the opportunity to pacifiy themselves by some other means when they were babies. ...Read more

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How do I stop the pacifier?

How do I stop the pacifier?

Pacifier problems: 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 ! ...Read more

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Infant Health (Tip)

Infant Health

Pacifier use during sleep decreases risk of sids. Use it only for sleepy or fussy times, though. ...See more

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What are the pros and cons of pacifiers?

What are the pros and cons of pacifiers?

Few if any cons: 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. ...Read more

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What are the safety concerns associated with pacifiers?

What are the safety concerns associated with pacifiers?

Few safety concerns: Wash the pacifier, and examine it for defects (cracked, elongated nipple, etc.) if you find any defects-discard it. Never tie a string around the pacifier-it could be a strangulation hazard. Limit pacifier use to bedtime, or times of high stress. This will reduce the chance of developing a pacifier habit later on, which might lead to dental problems. ...Read more

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Infant Health (Tip)

Infant Health

Stop the of use a pacifier after the age of 12 months to avoid future orthodontic problems. ...See more

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What do I need to know about pacifier safety?

What do I need to know about pacifier safety?

Pacifier safety tips: Pacifiers deteriorate over time. Inspect them periodically and replace them if the rubber is discolored or torn. Never tie a pacifier to your child’s crib or around your child’s neck or hand. This could cause serious injury or even death. Prolonged pacifier use might lead to dental and speech problems. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean bottles and pacifiers?

What is the best way to clean bottles and pacifiers?

Soap and Water: Hello, good old soap and water will do just fine. Sterilization is unnecessary unless your baby has thrush. Most bottles can be placed in the dishwasher and cleaned as well. ...Read more

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Infant Health (Tip)

Infant Health

Don't use a pacifier beyond age 18-24 months. Brush their teeth daily. Use toothpaste sparingly. ...See more

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How often should we change baby's pacifier?

See below: You only need to change it if it looks worn or it is damaged. ...Read more

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