4 doctors weighed in:

Is there anything odd or developmentally problematic with a teenager using a pacifier instead of drugs or alcohol as coping with problem?

4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Pacifier use is infantile behavior. A teenager who uses a pacifier is not behaving appropriately for his/her age.
Gum may be a more acceptable alternative.

In brief: Yes

Pacifier use is infantile behavior. A teenager who uses a pacifier is not behaving appropriately for his/her age.
Gum may be a more acceptable alternative.
Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes & no

Since sensation in the lips sends pleasure messages to the brain i can see where one might develop a pacifier fettish ( keeping it within the privacy of their private space).
It is likely more sanitary than nail biting, smoking, boozing etc. Yet other issues arise. I believe many young adults use pacifiers to control the teeth grinding common in ingestion of various rave drugs. Is this a concern?

In brief: Yes & no

Since sensation in the lips sends pleasure messages to the brain i can see where one might develop a pacifier fettish ( keeping it within the privacy of their private space).
It is likely more sanitary than nail biting, smoking, boozing etc. Yet other issues arise. I believe many young adults use pacifiers to control the teeth grinding common in ingestion of various rave drugs. Is this a concern?
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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