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What if you caught your teen sucking on a pacifier and wearing diapers?

What if you caught your teen sucking on a pacifier and wearing diapers?

I Would Be Worried: This is bizarre unless it is part of a prank. If not, you need professional help such as a psychiatrist. ...Read more

Pacifier (Definition)

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What is wrong with me do I have a fetish if I feel more secure in wearing an adult diaper and sucking on a pacifier?

What is wrong with me do I have a fetish if I feel more secure in wearing an adult diaper and sucking on a pacifier?

Desire for care: Though I certainly may be wrong in your situation, it seems to me that your wearing a diaper and sucking on a pacifier is probably not so much a fetish as an expression of your desire for someone to care for you like a baby, providing all your needs. Psychotherapy may be worth your consideration. ...Read more

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What effects does sucking on a pacifier have on teething?

What effects does sucking on a pacifier have on teething?

Depends: Apparently, it can increase the risk for "buck " teeth, or teeth that are malaligned. ...Read more

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Does Sucking on a pacifier at naptime and bedtime reduce the risk of SIDS? How so?

Does Sucking on a pacifier at naptime and bedtime reduce the risk of SIDS? How so?

Pacifiers: Pacifiers do reduce the risk of SIDS, although the mechanism is unclear. ...Read more

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Is it bad that I am sucking on a pacifier while tryiing to stop smoking?

Is it bad that I am sucking on a pacifier while tryiing to stop smoking?

No: Anything that works is better than smoking. Try the e cigarettes. They are found in smoke stores in the outdoor strip malls, allow you to blow vapor, look and feel like the real thing and come in many flavors including nicotine. ...Read more

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Is sucking on a pacifier any better for a baby's dental health than sucking on a thumb? Our daughter sucks her thumb all of the time, and we've heard about the damage it can do to a child's teeth. Since pacifiers are softer, we were hoping we could someho

Is sucking on a pacifier any better for a baby's dental health than sucking on a thumb? Our daughter sucks her thumb all of the time, and we've heard about the damage it can do to a child's teeth. Since pacifiers are softer, we were hoping we could someho

Pacifier better: But it is likely too late. Your child always has access to the thumb, and it can do significant harm especially if respiratory patterns and facial growth pattern is genetically problematic. Pacifier usually smaller and bears less weight than the thumb. Any sucking habit will tend to narrow the upper jaw and cause front tooth occlusion to be harmed. ...Read more

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What's a good way to stop my 1 year old from sucking a pacifier?

What's a good way to stop my 1 year old from sucking a pacifier?

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

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I'm trying to ween my 18 month old from sucking a pacifier. How should I do this. Can I give it to her when she goes to bed.

I'm trying to ween my 18 month old from sucking a pacifier. How should I do this. Can I give it to her when she goes to bed.

Techniques vary: You can do it as you suggest, giving it to her at only specific times, but I have found that parents who do that are too tempted to use it at other times, for instance, she bumps her head and is crying and you run and get the paci. If you really want to get rid of it, get rid of it. It just doesn't exist anymore. It will be a tough one week, but then the deed is done. It is much better in long run. ...Read more

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What is better: sucking on thumb or pacifier?

What is better: sucking on thumb or pacifier?

Pacifier: If given a choice, sucking on a pacifier is better than on a thumb. A parent can make the pacifiers disappear when the child is old enough, but it's hard to make the thumbs "disappear". Also, sucking on a pacifier won't cause the calluses and cracked skin on the thumbs. ...Read more

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Is sucking your thumb basically the same thing as using a pacifier?

Is sucking your thumb basically the same thing as using a pacifier?

Similar but: The pacifier is one thing a kid can throw away as s/he looses interest. Once gone, its gone. You will always have your thumb & if a kid has a weak moment & regresses, it is all to easy to revert to thumb sucking. Also the weight of the hand and pressure the thumb makes on the upper gum is a bit more likely to deform it. ...Read more

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I read that sucking on a baby pacifier can help with self harm because it calms you down. Can this be true?

I read that sucking on a baby pacifier can help with self harm because it calms you down. Can this be true?

Pacifier use to: Prevent self-harm. I know of no research on this topic but encourage you to give it a try. Anything that distracts from negative behavior is great. Above all, please see a mental health professional for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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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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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?

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

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Do thumb-sucking and pacifiers ruin children's teeth and bites?

Do thumb-sucking and pacifiers ruin children's teeth and bites?

No: Thumbsucking and pacifier-sucking don't "ruin" teeth, but they will lead to more overbite in the baby's front teeth. Be sure these habits go away before the permanent teeth come. Throw out the pacifiers no later than when throwing out the bottles (around age 20-24 months). Since many or most kids get braces to straighten their teeth in the teen years, an overbite should be easily correctable. ...Read more

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Can a baby catch herpes from a pacifier? Another child had my 7week old son pacifier I rinsed it off with hot water just a little soap I'm worried

Can a baby catch herpes from a pacifier? Another child had my 7week old son pacifier I rinsed it off with hot water just a little soap I'm worried

Remote possibility: Herpes virus doesn't survive on outside objects like pacifier etc. Fir very long. It must be in living cells to spread the infection, such as through intimate contacts etc. Keeping an eye on the baby for development of any herpes blister would be prudent nonetheless, although less likely in this scenario. Feel good ...Read more

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Went to a resteraunt&near washroom smelled bad/sour, I thought vomit asked staff said it was a bad diaper from baby, can I catch noro?

Went to a resteraunt&near washroom smelled bad/sour, I thought vomit asked staff said it was a bad diaper from baby, can I catch noro?

Good handwashing: Good handwashing can stop the spread of norovirus and other stool-based infections. Presume every bathroom has such germs, and one will live a safer life. That just means being watchful to avoid carrying bathroom germs out of the bathroom on one's hands. Of course, one also cannot be too paranoid about germs... but good handwashing, and not touching the doorknob directly (when leaving) will help. ...Read more

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My son got 2month shots yesterday. He got Rotavirus among others. Is it a live vaccine? Does that mean I can catch rotavirus from changing his diaper?

My son got 2month shots yesterday. He got Rotavirus among others. Is it a live vaccine? Does that mean I can catch rotavirus from changing his diaper?

Yes and Not Likely: Rotavirus vaccine is live, but the risk of getting virus transmitted and active disease from your son's stool is minimal. In theory, since this is a live vaccine, it is possible, but not reported. As always, good hand washing is a must! Congrats on vaccinating your baby! ...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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When should I stop the pacifier?

When should I stop the pacifier?

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 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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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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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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Is overbite caused by pacifier?

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 more

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Is pacifier good for an infant?

Is pacifier good for an infant?

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 more

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Does using a pacifier help or hurt colic?

Does using a pacifier help or hurt colic?

Neither: Pacifiers can calm children, and therefore may allow them to more easily quiet during bouts of colic. They do not actually have any effect on the colic itself. ...Read more

Diaper (Definition)

Used to collect bodily ...Read more