Should My Baby Use A Pacifier?

There is So much info out there on pacifiers! What's the big deal?! The research does provide clarity despite all the confusion.

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Pacifier use for your baby is all about informed decisions.

Here's what is agreed upon:

  • Pacifiers can INCREASE the risk for:

    1. Early weaning from breast feeding

      • Best practice is to wait until breast feeding is well established (usually after the first month) before giving baby a pacifier.

    2. Ear infections increase with pacifier use AFTER 6 months of age

      • As little as 2 ear infections under 12 months of age can affect a child's speech when they are older.

    3. Teeth and palate misalignment increases with pacifier use AFTER 2 years of age

      • These misalignments can also affect speech.

  • Pacifiers can DECREASE the risk of:

    1. SIDS up to 6 months of age

      • Best to give baby pacifier only at onset of sleep up to 6 months of age.

    2. Pain perception during procedures

      • It's perfectly fine to give baby a pacifier during their shots for instance.

In Summary:

  • Here is what the American Academy of Pediatrics says based on the above research:

  1. Don't discourage pacifier use during the first 6 months of age.

  2. The risks of pacifier use starts to out-weight the benefits past the age of 10 months.

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