10 doctors weighed in:
How long is it okay for a child to have a pacifier?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Under one year
You don't want your baby to develop an emotional need for the pacifier that may make it difficult for them to give it up later. Kids who need a pacifier by the time they are in preschool were not given the opportunity to pacifiy themselves by some other means when they were babies.

In brief: Under one year
You don't want your baby to develop an emotional need for the pacifier that may make it difficult for them to give it up later. Kids who need a pacifier by the time they are in preschool were not given the opportunity to pacifiy themselves by some other means when they were babies.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Until they let it go
Some kids will separate from a pacifier easily as they find other things to comfort them, others are very attached.
Abrupt removal from an attached kid is cruel & can have long term trust and emotional impact.Parents need to be creative in offering alternatives or gradual reduction in use untill the child gives it up on their own.

In brief: Until they let it go
Some kids will separate from a pacifier easily as they find other things to comfort them, others are very attached.
Abrupt removal from an attached kid is cruel & can have long term trust and emotional impact.Parents need to be creative in offering alternatives or gradual reduction in use untill the child gives it up on their own.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 4
It is ok when up until 4 years of age.
You may begin weaning at 18 months. Pacifier use may cause tooth misalignment and frequent ear infections.

In brief: 4
It is ok when up until 4 years of age.
You may begin weaning at 18 months. Pacifier use may cause tooth misalignment and frequent ear infections.
Dr. Julia Sundel
Dr. Julia Sundel
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