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The Great Pacifier Debate

来源:WebMD Medical News 作者: 2013-10-21

摘要: You‘d think something as small as a pacifier wouldn‘t cause such a big ruckus。 Pediatricians, parents, therapists, and dentists weigh in on the pros and cons of baby pacifiers。 A Few Reasons to Use a Pacifier There are lots of good reasons to use pacifiers -- just ask any parent who‘s ......


You'd think something as small as a pacifier wouldn't cause such a big ruckus. But it seems that moms and dads either rave over them or revile them. But who's right? Pediatricians, parents, therapists, and dentists weigh in on the pros and cons of baby pacifiers.

A Few Reasons to Use a Pacifier

There are lots of good reasons to use pacifiers -- just ask any parent who's gotten a moment of quiet with the judicious use of one. But a bit of peace isn't the only good thing that comes from using a pacifier.

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Reasons to Avoid a Pacifier

While some parents hope to avoid pacifiers all together, Jana doesn't think that's necessary. Yet there are a few issues to watch for when using a pacifier:

If you decide your baby should have a pacifier, make sure to buy one that states the same age on the label as your child's age. Buying pacifiers that are meant for younger infants could pose a choking hazard. Lastly, you may want to get a bisphenol A-free plastic pacifier as there have been studies showing that endocrine-disrupting hormones found in some plastics can be harmful to infants.

Nah nah, sucky, paci, binky, nuk-nuk, tooky -- whatever kids call them, one of the most important facets of successfully using a pacifier is knowing when to stop using it. Though some pediatricians suggest weaning from the pacifier at about nine to 12 months -- the same time you banish the bottle -- others believe aiming to wean by about 3 years is fine.

Whenever you choose to wean baby, you can make the transition to being pacifier-free a little easier on you and your little one with these tips from the pros:

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Precautions for Pacifier Safety

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