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Will letting my baby use a pacifier make it harder for her to nurse?

Will letting my baby use a pacifier make it harder for her to nurse?

Nipple Confusion?: The short answer, of course, is "maybe." babies have a reflexive need to suck, but the way they need to suck to nurse is different than how they can suck on a bottle or pacifier. In the first week or so of nursing, the different shape of a pacifier may make learning a good latch at the breast harder, but many babies do great with both. If she nurses well, it should not be a problem for her or you! ...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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Wanted to know if all babies like pacifiers? Why is that?

Wanted to know if all babies like pacifiers? Why is that?

Pacifiers: All babies have a natural instinct to suck. This is in order to nurse, and survive. Some babies actually don't like pacifiers. ...Read more

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Why do babies like pacifiers even if they aren't getting any milk from them?

Why do babies like pacifiers even if they aren't getting any milk from them?

Calming: Sucking is really the only mechanism newborn babies have to calm themselves. Its a built in reflex and helps calm babies, even when not eating. Its one step parents can use to help calm crying babies, but some babies will need us to calm them with holding, wrapping, shushing, etc... ...Read more

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New Born babies with pacifier ?

New Born babies with pacifier
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Pacifiers: Yes please! Pacifiers are wonderful in my opinion. They satisfy babies need to suck, they sooth baby, they help mom and dad. They don't hurt teeth. Best of all there are studies which show a decreased incidence of sudden infant death with their use. This doctor and grandpa endorses them! ...Read more

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I have infant who is 1 year old whose teeth are crooked/is it because using a pacifier?

I have infant who is 1 year old whose teeth are crooked/is it because using a pacifier?

Doubtful: Usually other causes (crowding) for crooked baby teeth @ age 1. Make sure to take your child for cm-up, evaluation of tooth and jaw growth, hygiene instruction, Fluoride instructions, and so much more. Don't wait 'till 2-3, please go now. Ask dentist to ck tooth alignment. ...Read more

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New born babies to Sooth used pacifier ?

New born babies to Sooth used pacifier


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NO: Do not give a used pacifier to a newborn. It carries a risk of introducing bacteria and fungal elements to an immature immune system. Most hospitals will give you a bew pacifier if you must have one. Or you could let your baby nurse to soothe. ...Read more

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Are pacifiers really bad for babies’ teeth?

Are pacifiers really bad for babies’ teeth?

Not really: Not great, but if discontinued by age 2 will probably not cause harm. Finger or thumb habit, especially if continued beyond age 4, can cause jaw deformation. ...Read more

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Inhaler vapor sometimes reaches my daughter's eyes when using mask. She's an infant. Also, is the pacifier adapter good for Pulmicort nebulizer?

Inhaler vapor sometimes reaches my daughter's eyes when using mask. She's an infant. Also, is the pacifier adapter good for Pulmicort nebulizer?

Check the fit: Some leaking of mist around the nebilizer mask is normal, and for the most part produces no health risk. Most children will close their eyes as a normal response if the mist is irritating. Consider using a different sized mask to reduce leakage. The pacifier adapter is useful for those who do not tolerate a mask, but does not deliver the medication as effectively. ...Read more

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How long should I let my baby use a pacifier?

How long should I let my baby use a pacifier?

Up to a year of age: The american academy of pediatrics actually endorses the use of a pacifier as it helps to decrease your baby's risk of developing sids (sudden infant death syndrome) in the first year of life. After 12 months, the benefit does not appear to exist. At that point it is wisest to discontinue the pacifier if not previously done. ...Read more

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