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How do I stop the pacifier?

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Dr. William Williams
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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 !

In brief: 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 !
Dr. William Williams
Dr. William Williams
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Take Time & think

Some kids don't seem to value a pacifer & won't miss it if its gone.
Others are variably attached & parents need to be creative & end use in stages. First stop use of the mouth as a pocket by putting it on a clip & ribbon (no necklace).It can be close without being in.Extract it at play time to get more verbal responses.Sudden loss at a specified age is traumatic & sets up trust issues.

In brief: Take Time & think

Some kids don't seem to value a pacifer & won't miss it if its gone.
Others are variably attached & parents need to be creative & end use in stages. First stop use of the mouth as a pocket by putting it on a clip & ribbon (no necklace).It can be close without being in.Extract it at play time to get more verbal responses.Sudden loss at a specified age is traumatic & sets up trust issues.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics

In brief: Pacifier

Cut the pacifier nd show him its broken and doesnt work anymore.
Of course , get rid of other oacifiers lying around the house before you do this. He will unhappy for a day or two but then you will be home free.

In brief: Pacifier

Cut the pacifier nd show him its broken and doesnt work anymore.
Of course , get rid of other oacifiers lying around the house before you do this. He will unhappy for a day or two but then you will be home free.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Dr. Oscar Novick
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: Or pack'em up &

& ditch'em. Explain briefly, " time to send all your pacifiers to the pacifier fairy, who needs them for babies.
She'll leave you a present" & follow thru. Ignore protests, which get worse before going away, & stay calm. Sippy cups keep lips & tongue forward in an immature suckling pattern. Open/mouthed cups promote lip closure for saying " b's & d's." 1st dental visit should be at 1 yr., or now.

In brief: Or pack'em up &

& ditch'em. Explain briefly, " time to send all your pacifiers to the pacifier fairy, who needs them for babies.
She'll leave you a present" & follow thru. Ignore protests, which get worse before going away, & stay calm. Sippy cups keep lips & tongue forward in an immature suckling pattern. Open/mouthed cups promote lip closure for saying " b's & d's." 1st dental visit should be at 1 yr., or now.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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