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Pacifier - advantages and disadvantages. Is it worth it


The pacifier is one of those gadgets that divide parents around the world. Irreplaceable for some, unnecessary for others, even harmful for some. Talking about the pacifier, however, is difficult at the sources, because while one baby is inherently calm and can be easily calmed down by carrying or humming a lullaby, in the case of the other it is not so simple. Therefore, in one family caring for a baby without a pacifier will be very difficult, in the other it will be trouble-free.

You can ask another question - if we decide to give a pacifier, can it be done wisely? How can you avoid having problems putting your child away from your favorite fool?

Pacifier advantages

Newborns and younger babies have strongly developed sucking instincts. Some need to suck for up to 16 hours a day. Satisfying this need even during frequent breastfeeding can be very difficult, not to mention the situation when parents give the baby modified milk (then feeding is shorter and satisfying the sucking instinct is extremely difficult).

What are the advantages of a teat?

  • for babies with a strong sucking instinct - pacifier calms quickly and effectively,
  • allows for "more active children" for a longer and calmer sleep,
  • facilitates weaning from night feeding,
  • gives a precious respite to parents,
  • facilitates the care of a breastfed infant and the sharing of responsibilities between the child's mother and father,
  • according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, teat makes it easier to fall asleep and protects against sudden cot death,
  • can prevent colic
  • helps to avoid putting a thumb in your mouth, according to some, unleashing a baby to suck a pacifier is easier than fighting the habit of putting a finger in his mouth. In addition, sucking on the thumb can distort it, it can also negatively affect the development of the palate and, as a consequence, cause problems with speech development.

Pacifiers defect

  • babies who use a pacifier are more likely to develop otitis media, according to the latest research results,
  • introducing the teat too early (before the age of 1 month), may interfere with breastfeeding,
  • sucking the teat for a long time can cause the teeth to curl,
  • improper use may make breast feeding more difficult,
  • excessive nipple sucking can lead to speech retardation,
  • a teat is a breeding ground for bacteria,
  • if the baby is firmly attached to the pacifier, there are problems with taking the "beloved friend",
  • teat promotes the development of caries.

Give the baby a pacifier or not?

Opinions are divided.

Each parent should make his own decision.

If administered, it is wise to use in moderation and limit the frequency of using the dragon quickly enough to take it fully to the maximum of 18 months. In addition, introduce a teat after 1 month of age, so as not to interfere with the newborn's learning of breast sucking.

And what do you think about it?