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My daughter is 18 months and wants her pacifier all day. She probably has it in her mouth 85 90% of the time. Will this delay her speech?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Possibly or not ?
Getting a kid to let go of a pacifier is hard if it is their best stress reliever & best friend.
Making gradual changes can help.Toddlers seldom understand the value of a pocket & often use their mouth as one, attaching paci to a clip/ribbon can keep it close but out of the mouth more.If you keep it in a ziploc bag & open it only if she asks can help.Many quit when kids @ daycare notice & poke fun.

In brief: Possibly or not ?
Getting a kid to let go of a pacifier is hard if it is their best stress reliever & best friend.
Making gradual changes can help.Toddlers seldom understand the value of a pocket & often use their mouth as one, attaching paci to a clip/ribbon can keep it close but out of the mouth more.If you keep it in a ziploc bag & open it only if she asks can help.Many quit when kids @ daycare notice & poke fun.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Doubt strongly that it will delay speech, but may make understanding the child difficult if she tries to talk with the pacifier in her mouth.
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