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Baby almost 2, uses soothie pacifier. Worried about teeth. Won't take another type. Will permanent teeth be affected?
Pacifier use: It was not mentioned how old the baby is, 2 years or 2 months. If the baby is 2 months old pacifier use should be discontinued by 6 months of age. I have not seen any problems with teeth with pacifier use at this age since the teeth usually come through around 9 months of age. If the child is 2 years old it's use should be immediately discontinued. Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No rules: 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. Read more
When baby tosses it: 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. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Its up to you & babe: Over three decades I have seen consultants pro/con write about pacifiers. We are told babies are to confused if started early, but most will still breast feed well & they will never tell us why if they don't. I find babies put down to sleep with a pacifier will wake in the night and cry until someone puts it back in, not a good scene at 3am. Best use is when alert as a self soothing tool. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wean Early: Sooner is better when it comes to weaning from a pacifier. The longer it stays, the harder it is to take away. And the longer it stays, the greater the risk of speech delay, cavities, needing braces... I tell parents, "sometimes, the only way to get rid of the pacifier is to get rid of the pacifier." throwing it away may seem hard in the short run, but it's far easier in the long run. Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
By 2 1/2: Children don't usually make that decision on their own. They will use it much longer than recommended if allowed. Parents need to commit to discontinued use of the pacifier by age 2 1/2 at the latest. Prolonged use can lead to occlusal (bite) changes and impaired speech development. It's not always easy to take it away but within 48-72 hours the kids have moved on. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 2m baby won't take a pacifier or a bottle anymore. I feel like I have to be attached to him 24/7. He even wants to comfort eat. What do I do?
Feeding: One of the hardest thing is babies tend to nurse more frequently. I hope by this time you have established feedings to do them every three hours during the day and try to space them out every 4-54 hours at night. Make sure you get some help to burp, change or bath the baby so you can get some rest. If you feel depressed and crying alot, call your doctor to see if you need any help with that Read more
My 4 month all of a sudden decided he no longer wants to eat from the bottle? He will take the pacifier but screams when the bottle comes near him?
Be patient: For most 4 months olds, milk remains the main diet as weaning should wait after 6 months to avoid development of allergies etc. If your child is refusing bottle, you should try to rule out other reasons for his refusal to eat. Change the bottle and nipple, and give water, and check temperature. If still refusing to eat beyond a couple of days, check with the baby's pediatrician. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually: 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. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: 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. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer