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Doctor insights on: Pacifier Use And Delayed Talking

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Adult thumb sucking and pacifier use associated with anxiety?

Adult thumb sucking and pacifier use associated with anxiety?

Thumb Sucking: Adult thumb-sucking can definitely be tied to an anxiety disorder. In fact, the thumb sucking ; pacifier use could cause you to swallow significant air, making reflux symptoms worse. I would consider cognitive behavioral therapy to find out the cause of the behavior--it can lead to chronic fungal and bacterial infections of the thumb that could be "digit losing". The cbt will give tools to help. ...Read more

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Can pacifier use be bad?

Can pacifier use be bad?

Try Ortho Pro: 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. ...Read more

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Will pacifier use affect teeth alignment?

Will pacifier use affect teeth alignment?

Not in a Baby: Using a pacifier before any teeth are present will not affect future occlusion. Pacifiers or thumb sucking over a long time with teeth present can cause a malocclusion. ...Read more

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Does a baby's pacifier use affect teeth alignment?

Usually: 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. ...Read more

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Is there a correlation between pacifier use and drinking or smoking later in life?

Is there a correlation between pacifier use and drinking or smoking later in life?

No: I do not know of any correlation. In fact the aap recommends using a pacifier for sleep and naps during the first year of life. It has been shown to decrease the risk of sids. ...Read more

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My daughter is 18 months and wants her pacifier all day. She probably has it in her mouth 85 90% of the time. Will this delay her speech?

My daughter is 18 months and wants her pacifier all day.  She probably has it in her mouth 85 90% of the time.  Will this delay her speech?

Possibly or not ?: Getting a kid to let go of a pacifier is hard if it is their best stress reliever & best friend.Making gradual changes can help.Toddlers seldom understand the value of a pocket & often use their mouth as one, attaching paci to a clip/ribbon can keep it close but out of the mouth more.If you keep it in a ziploc bag & open it only if she asks can help.Many quit when kids @ daycare notice & poke fun. ...Read more

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My son is four and hasn't started talking and is globally delayed. How rare is this and is it possible for him to catch up.

My son is four and hasn't started talking and is globally delayed. How rare is this and is it possible for him to catch up.

Maybe,maybe not: Clearly the kid is delayed in the area of communication and it will take some skill to assess his learning skills and determine how to best bring out his capabilities. School systems under "child find" are supposed to identify and assess delayed kids. A visit to a child development center may be needed to sort out his complex case. Your pcp should be able to refer you. ...Read more

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Why my 8yr old son is delayed at walking and talking?

Why my 8yr old son is delayed at walking and talking?

8 Years old: I do not know why he is delayed. I hoe that you have seen a physician to get that addressed. If not, please do so. There are numerous reasons, too many to list here. ...Read more

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15 months old baby still not talk.She suffered epilepsy 3 times at her age 1-3 months.Whats the solution?Will she delay ?How she will talk?Pls advice

15 months old baby still not talk.She suffered epilepsy 3 times at her age 1-3 months.Whats the solution?Will she delay ?How she will talk?Pls advice

More info needed: Some normal children may not talk until 18 months but usually there is at least baby talk (babbling) even if words are not understandable. Are other developmental milestones being achieved? A 15-month-old should wave bye, walk, feed self, scribble, etc. Sometimes epilepsy can be associated with developmental delay. A pediatric exam can help determine if there is a problem, and refer if needed. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has many dev delays and when you look at her or talk to her she always seems distant like she is in her own world?

My 2 year old has many dev delays and when you look at her or talk to her she always seems distant like she is in her own world?

Call Ohio's Help Me : Grow program (http://www.Ohiohelpmegrow.Org/) to assess her hearing, the severity of her mixed developmental delays, & the presence of autistic spectrum disorder or social communication disorder to begin intensive behavioral & developmental therapy asap. Also seek referral to a developmental/ behavioral pediatrician to look for genetic or other medical causes of her neurodevelopmental disorder. ...Read more