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.
Here's what is agreed upon:
Pacifiers can INCREASE the risk for:
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.
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.
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:
SIDS up to 6 months of age
Best to give baby pacifier only at onset of sleep up to 6 months of age.
Pain perception during procedures
It's perfectly fine to give baby a pacifier during their shots for instance.
Here is what the American Academy of Pediatrics says based on the above research:
Don't discourage pacifier use during the first 6 months of age.
The risks of pacifier use starts to out-weight the benefits past the age of 10 months.