Experts have said some of the valid concerns pertaining to the use of baby pacifier.
Most of the parents have love-hate association with pacifiers.
A pacifier can cause nipple confusion in an infant and also it can be associated with premature weaning.
A newborn infant is motivated to suck on anything placed in their mouths, including a finger or artificial nipple.
The use of baby pacifier can soothe your baby and are now recommended to use at bedtime for SIDS prevention. For an ill, small, jaundiced or easy going baby this pacifier can acts as a substitute for feeding, since the urge to suck is being satisfied.
Common baby pacifier features:
- Buying of too many pacifiers before baby arrives is not recommended. Buying few baby pacifiers in different styles is a good idea. Some babies do not like pacifiers while some others are stick to a particular pacifier.
- Do not use bottle nipples and caps as pacifiers, as they can come apart and cause choking.
- Orthodontic baby pacifier was designed to prevent tooth troubles later in baby’s life.
- You can use both silicon and latex pacifier depending on your babyâ€™s choice and preference. Silicone is strong, doesn’t keep smell, cleans up easily and is harder for baby to bite through. Latex is soft in baby’s mouth and baby may like the way it holds scents.
- Buy a baby pacifier that should be at least 1.5 inches across to prevent chocking.
- Make sure that can be boiled or put in the dish washer for cleaning.
Effects on babies with the use of baby pacifier:
- If you try the pacifier in an attempt to get the baby to sleep for longer period of time, it can result in many problems such as, poor weight gain in your child and in the nursing mom, mastitis, inflammation, a decrease in milk supply, or plugged lactation ducts.
- Baby pacifier is easy to suck, so this might create a â€˜lazy babyâ€™ who will have trouble drawing momâ€™s nipple into his mouth, because the same sucking reflex is stimulated during feeding time.
- Baby pacifier nipples have been found to increase the bite problems.
- Most of the babies develop rashes from the constant moisture under the pacifier shield.
- The shape of the pacifier can cause changes in the arch of the soft bony roof of the mouth.
You should avoid the following things:
- First do not tie the baby pacifier to a string so that it can be readily available within babyâ€™s reach. This is very dangerous when your baby become movable and learning to crawl and roll and could create a strangulation risk.
- Secondly, do not immerse the pacifier tip in honey or something equally sweet, as this could set up cavities in babyâ€™s teeth. Once cavities develop in your babyâ€™s mouth, it can cause severe harm and pain in babyâ€™s mouth and teeth.
- The last thing is be aware of the overuse or misuse of a pacifier. Donâ€™t give the pacifier to your baby if she is not fussy or upset.