Parenting

Is that safe to use pacifier for your baby?

September 28, 2016 | By  

A Way to Soothe

The amount of time and baby spends crying increases from birth until about 6 weeks, when a baby cries for an average of three hours a day.

That’s a lot of crying stress!!

Sucking undoubtedly helps calm a baby, which is why pacifiers are so popular, approximately 75 percent of babies are given pacifiers to suck.

Health Benefits

It has been proven that premature babies who suck on pacifiers gain weight faster, and have fewer health problems. Research also shows that pacifiers also reduce risk of sudden death syndrome (cot death)

Consider the advantages. A pacifier may….

soothe a fussy baby
offer temporary distraction
help baby go to sleep
reduce the risk of cot death

Consider the disadvantages. A pacifier may…

mean baby becomes dependant on them and if not there it can cause distress (e.g. if they fall out during sleep)
lead to dental problems if used beyond first few years of life

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Do’s and Don’t of Pacifiers

let baby decide. If not interested, try again later or don’t do – don’t force baby
keep it clean and sterilised
watch for signs of deterioration and replace
remember to tray other ways to calm baby – rock, change position, cuddle, feed etc
offer temporary distraction

When should baby stop using a pacifier

Most children stop of their own accord between 2 year and 4 years old. It is important that they stop before the second teeth start to push through. But do not rush anything and do not force baby to stop.

When it comes to reducing the child’s pacifier attachment provide encouragement, and developing a sense of independence for the child is best. Distraction through play for gradually increasing longer periods each day is a good, gentle way of breaking the habit.

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Don’t just say NO and take away the pacifier.

Don’t say negative things such as “You don’t want to be a little baby with a pacifier do you?’ This gives children the wrong connotation and they may think that when they were babies, you loved them more. If we want them to feel confident about growing up, we need to teach them the decision-making process. We must help them grow up by themselves.”

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