Pro and cons of pacifier use

For a new parent, baby comfort is the top priority. So you might discover that the pacifier is a great help in the first part of your child’s development. However, there are many voices claiming that the pacifiers are harmful.

The benefits of using the pacifier

Some babies may be relieved by holding them in the arms, by the human contact and are happy to suck only during feeding. Others, however, have a constant need to suck, even if they are not hungry. If the baby still wants to suck, even after the meal, most likely a pacifier is exactly what he needs.

The pacifier replaces neither the food nor the maternal love, of course, but if the baby is still agitated even after feeding, defection, swinging or playing, a pacifier could help.

In addition, there is apparently a benefit to using the pacifier. Some studies have concluded that the use of a pacifier in infants may be correlated with reducing the risk of Sudden Death Syndrome.

However, the authors of the studies don’t claim that the pacifier prevents a tragedy, but only that there is a correlation between the two aspects.

The disadvantages of using the pacifier

Using the pacifier may increase the risk of developing otic infections. This risk is reduced in younger children, so using the pacifier up to the age of six months could be beneficial.

If you are breastfeeding the baby, don’t give him the pacifier too fast. Wait until the little one learns to suck better, when he eats very well at every meal and milk production stabilizes.

Using a pacifier can quickly become a difficult habit to give up, which is why many parents are reluctant to use a pacifier.

If you want to give your child a pacifier, but don’t want to deal with fights on this topic later, take the pacifier back when he is one year old.

Aspects to consider if you give your baby a pacifier

Let him decide if he wants to. If he takes it right away, that’s fine. If he resists, don’t insist. You can try again later or you can just give up

Offer the pacifier only between feedings, when you know that it is not hungry. Don’t use the pacifier to delay feeding or to replace the attention you should give him. In the limit situations, in which you have 2 more steps until you get home or in 5 minutes you will reach somewhere where you can feed him, of course this recommendation is not valid.

Give your baby the pacifier at bedtime, in the evening or during the day when is taking a nap. However, if the pacifier falls into bed or out of bed during the night, don’t give it to the baby until you have properly sanitized it.

Don’t clean the pacifier by putting it in your mouth. Just as it is not a good idea to feed him from your mouth, it’s not a great idea to suck the pacifier before giving it to your little one.
This habit can lead to the transfer of bacteria from the mouth of the adult to that of the baby, thus favoring the appearance of caries, since the eruption.

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