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Stop Pacifier Tips
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
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
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
Try this: Make a game out of it. On the day you want your child to quit, say, this will be the last day for your "whatever nickname" you give the pacifier. Then follow through. Throw all of them away, check everywhere to make sure all are gone. This is the only way i've tried that works. ...Read more
Not sure question: Melissa- Are you yourself using these items, or are you using them on your baby? If it's you, it's just years of having these things as your way of calming. Some people eat, some smoke, some drink. You use sucking to calm. Try starting a new habit as you gradually break the old - for instance, while sucking the pacifier, have gum in your mouth as well. Brain will start to replace the old with new. ...Read more
My baby is 5 months now. She can't sleep without a pacifier. . How can I make her stop and not ask for it anymore?
Plan it out: You may try and give her something to hold on to, such as a washable cloth animal. Here are some detailed instructions to approach this issue: http://sprng.Me/iga4j. ...Read more
My baby won't sleep without her pacifier, and wakes up crying if it falls out. Is there a way to stop this habit?
Not a podiatry ?: Discuss this your pediatrician.Get a more detailed answer ›
I want 2 stop breastfedng my 2yrs old but she use my breasts as pacifier all night.Is there anything i can apply on breasts that harmless & taste bad?
Weaning: weaning from breast feeding at 2 years of age is not easy more so in your case since she is on it all night. She has to learn to sleep on her own in her crib, stay with her until she falls asleep, she will cry for several nights but she will learn to adjust, do not start pacifier now, may be a baby bottle with only plain water in it because milk or juice at night will ruin her teeth. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 2 user old daughter is sucking on bottom lip. I want her stop but I don't want her to give her a pacifier. What can I use to stop the habit?
Positive reinforceme: Positive reinforcement helps child get over bad habits such as thumb sucking, pacifiers, etc. That may sound counterintuitive but it might just work. Here's what you do-when she's NOT sucking her bottom lip comment positively on what a big girl she is and give praise. Do nothing when she's biting on her lip. After awhile, she'll will discontinue the habit ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My month old baby isn't taking his pacifier anymore and only wants to such on my breast to soothe. How can I stop this?
Feed every 2-3 hrs: Feed the baby every 2-3 hrs but do not feed him more often than that and don't let him use your breast as a pacifier all the time. He may eventually find his hand and soothe that way. If he were to use you as a pacifier you might have breakdown of your nipples and pain which may lead to decreased milk supply and bigger problems. ...Read more
Sometimes my 4 month old doesn't stop crying until he is sucking on my breast for comfort and won't take the pacifier, what should I do?
Pacifier: This is a time that baby has nutritive sucking needs (actually feeding milk from the breast) and also non nutritive sucking needs (comfort sucking as you mention) Four month olds are able to start to SELF console which is important to let him start doing now. When you know he is full and starting to suck to console and sleepy, put him down sleepy but not asleep. He can learn to suck a thumb! ...Read more
How to stop my over feeding 26 days old from asking for more breast milk as he cries and fuss? He doesn't hold pacifiers and he vomits a lot from feed
See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more
Unlikely See dentist: Probably not. Nighttime grinding in children (or adults!) can be related to sleep disordered breathing. The child may not be getting enough oxygen during sleep, or may have actual episodes of apnea. Have a dentist check the size and shape of the jaws, tongue size and position and tonsils/adenoids. Does the child snore? You may need referral to a pediatric ENT for further evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 12 weeks old baby cries desperately and she stop eating no bottle no bf and no pacifier no fever what to do?
Mgt, M.D. visit: I agree that your baby needs to be seen at your pediatrician's office. At this age, the antibodies acquired from the mother during pregnancy have decreased. This means that the baby may be prone to infection. Crying, being inconsolable, and not feeding well, even when there is no fever, may indicate there is an infection. Colic, feeding intolerance, milk allergy, pain are other considerations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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