A Pacifier, also known as dummy, teether, soother, binky or nibbler is introduced to calm the baby. We have brought this video explaining the pros and cons of a pacifier for babies and precautions while introducing pacifier to the baby.
Here is the video!
Below are some of the leading brands of pacifiers which you may choose for your baby :
Extra soft pacifier nipple.Made from 100% silicon.
One piece design. No space for germs in cracks or joints.
Comes with sterilizable case. Easy to carry.
BPA and latex free.
Following are the recommendations for using the pacifier:
La Leche League International recommends that pacifiers never be used as a substitute for the mother’s breast or comforting. However, they also state that pacifiers can be of help to a breastfeeding mother when used judiciously, for short periods of time and in limited circumstances
The American Dental Association states that pacifier is to be preferred over thumb sucking. Ordinarily pacifier sucking habit is easily controlled by the parents and easy to wean.
Use of pacifier lowers the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
The Chicago Infant Mortality Study examined the sleep environment in 260 SIDS deaths within a primarily black, urban population to help reduce the incidence in this high-risk group. They found the use of a pacifier substantially lowered the risk of SIDS in their sample population.
Take appropriate care and keep the pacifier clean to minimize the risk of infections in the baby.
Do not coat honey or sugar on a pacifier and always use unflavoured one.
Introduce the pacifier after one month of birth since breastfeeding is well established and the use of pacifier will not interfere with the breastfeeding process.
Try to soothe your baby using other ways and use the pacifier at bedtime, reduce pacifier time slowly.
Choose the right pacifier, which fits well into baby’s mouth.
Pacifier is used to be given to premature babies to learn sucking but if an infant is not gaining enough weight, do not give pacifier and consult with Doctor.
Child leave pacifier sucking habit by the age of 3 or 4 but if they are stuck with the habit, you should intervene.
References & Sources
National Center for Biotechnology Information
University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester, New York