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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
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 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 more
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. The Best use is when alert as a self soothing tool. ...Read more
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 childs crib or around your childs neck or hand. This could cause serious injury or even death. Prolonged pacifier use might lead to dental and speech problems. ...Read more
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 more
No.: This is far too old to use a pacifier. The reasons for this are out of my field of practice but you should start by talking to your family physician. ...Read more
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 more
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
Pacifiers: Yes little babies love to suck, it is a part of their developmental stage and they need to have enough of it before 18 months of age to avoid oral fixation. That is one of the reasons we always recommend breast feeding because it gives them more sucking than bottles. ...Read more
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?
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 more
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
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
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
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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Possible contriction: With pacifiers, one of the main long term side effects is constriction of the upper jaw. If the pacifier is used beyond a 'normal pacifier age', then the constant sucking action may prevent the maxilla(upper jaw) from growing properly which will cause the upper teeth to be malpositioned and may cause problems with the patients bite and appearance later in life. ...Read more
Depends: Apparently, it can increase the risk for "buck " teeth, or teeth that are malaligned. ...Read more
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
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
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 from 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
Not necessarily: Infants may use & abandon a pacifier depending on their degree of attachment & availability of interesting alternatives. I have had kids that never took to one and some that carried one about until preschool. Sudden removal confuses a todler who wonders why they are being punished, or why mommy took my best buddy away. The wounded trust may last a lifetime. Reduce paci time gradually & they toss it. ...Read more