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Stop Pacifier Use
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 2 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
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