The PACIFIER!

The PACIFIER!

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  1. Using a pacifier for too long can hinder a child’s development
  2. Children tend to have the most need for extra or non-nutritive sucking (not during feeding) between the ages 2-4 months of age.
  3. PROS & CONS to pacifier use include:
    • PROS:
      • used as a sleep aid
      • to comfort your child in stressful situations
      • to distinguish between hungry vs. fussy baby
      • to help with acid reflux
      • for infants who are tube-fed
    • CONS:
      • breast-feeding difficulties
      • dental problems
      • increased middle ear infections
      • speech problems
      • swallowing difficulties
      • dependency
      • negative social impacts
  4. How to eliminate pacifier use:
    • keep pacifier out of sight
    • be consistent
    • designate certain times of the day for pacifier use
    • slowly reduce the amount of time allowed for pacifier
    • finding other ways the child can comfort themselves
    • encouraging good dental care
    • give praise
    • BE PATIENT

IF YOUR CHILD IS OVER THE AGE OF 1  START ELIMINATING NOW! 🙂

 

 

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