Pacifiers and dummies are a
contentious issue. We believe that the benefits
that pacifiers offer outweigh any possible negatives.
However we also believe that pacifiers and dummies are a
personal choice. I personally never used them, but
at the same time there didn't seem to be a need for them
with both my girls.
Pacifiers, however, have been shown to decrease the risk
of SIDS, and this is a very important point.
have a significant calming effect on most babies.
disadvantages are ...
Hygiene. (they must be kept clean)
Young babies who are pacifier dependant can cry or all
at night when they lose the dummy/pacifier while
sleeping. They are often unable to find the
pacifier or do not have the manual dexterity to put it
back into their mouths.
Tooth development can be affected in older babies.
apart from the hygiene issues, there is only one major
medical reason to stop using a pacifier and that is
Tooth Development. The direction of growth and
position of teeth, affects speech, jaw position, facial
appearance, showing effectiveness and amongst other
things the future positioning of adult teeth.
the use of a pacifier/dummy is not likely to have too
much effect on your baby before teeth appear, but when
teeth start coming through, if your baby constantly uses
a pacifier, you will begin to notice that your baby's
front teeth will move to accommodate the pacifier.
The front teeth will start protruding forwards and their
growth may slow so you can see a gap where the pacifier
sits when your baby smiles. this is the time to
seriously consider retiring the dummy/pacifier.
Sometimes easier said than done! We know!
And some argue that a pacifier can be removed, but if a
persistent child then reverts to thumb sucking, it may
be a bit more challenging for you as a parent.
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so how to do it, how to get rid of the dummy or
Cold turkey. Just take it away without your baby
know and deal with any consequences.
If you baby is a bit older and you can talk to them
meaningfully, set a date and talk to them about saying
goodbye to the pacifier on that day. Explain that
they are a big boy/girl now and big kids don't use
pacifiers. Because it has not happened suddenly
and they have been able to get used to the idea, this is
often a very effective method. If they are old
enough you could even have your child telephone a
favourite aunt, uncle or grandparent to tell them that
they have said good bye to their pacifier. Tell
this person in advance so that they are ready with the
encouraging congratulations and suitable words for your
Cut a small piece off the end of the dummy. Make
sure it is still clean and SAFE, that no pieces can come
off and be swallowed. Some babies will just give
it up because it feels different now. Others may
persist. Keep cutting a small piece off every
other day until after about two weeks only a sub is
left. Your problem will be solved.