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Essential Knowledge About Pacifiers

Many parents find their children put their hands or any object in their mouth so they buy a pacifier. In order to use a pacifier safely, we need to master its pros and cons.

Defect

From a physiological perspective, children are born with natural reflexes. When an adult puts something back in the child’s mouth, the child will suddenly open his mouth and suck it in. Therefore, it is a habit for adults to let babies latch on to pacifiers and they will depend a lot on pacifiers later on. Sometimes, babies don’t like to breastfeed, they just like to suck on a pacifier.

When the baby does not stop sucking and sucking the pacifier, the air will follow that into the baby’s stomach, causing the baby to become bloated and have no appetite when breastfeeding.

Children suck the pacifier often, it will cause the stomach and intestinal motility to contract as well, causing the baby to have intestinal cramps and colic.

4. Doctors believe that sucking the pacifier will affect the child’s lower teeth development, baby teeth will be difficult to grow and the lips will be swollen, causing loss of aesthetics.

5. When a pacifier is not available, children often have a habit of putting their hands in their mouths to suck or put objects in their mouths. This is not good for the respiratory system as well as the safety of the child.

Advantages

1. Psychologists believe that, when the baby is about 2 years old, this is the period when the baby has weaned, so the baby is fussy and lacks a sense of security due to not being near the mother. Therefore, the use of pacifiers will help children feel safer. In addition, using the nipple will help the child’s tongue more flexible and convenient for eating.

2. According to the latest research in about 500 children in families in the US, the death rate of children sleeping without a nipple is 3 times higher than that of children using a nipple. When the nipple is attached, the baby will not face down, causing difficulty breathing and also avoid swallowing foreign objects while sleeping.

3. Babies who suck on pacifiers will have faster swallowing and sucking reflex than other children.

Tips for using a pacifier:

1. The pacifier should be made from a flexible, non-fragile and tough material to avoid a baby biting the nipple.

2. The size of the pacifier should be suitable and similar to the size of the mother’s nipple so that the baby can easily latch. The pacifier should neither be too large nor too small to prevent the baby from swallowing excess air.

3. It is recommended to clean the nipples regularly. Use warm water to disinfect to prevent your baby from getting intestinal problems.

4. Should choose the type of nipple that your baby likes.

5. Use a nipple suitable for the child’s age. This legend is clearly marked on nipple products.

6. If choosing a pacifier for a 2-year-old baby, choose a flat-shaped nipple to avoid damaging the shape of the baby’s teeth.

7. Change nipples regularly for children. Usually, about 30-40 days should change 1 time.