Two years I blogged on “Pacifiers for Babies – What are the Risks and Benefits?” Recently, WebMD reported that it “went to pediatricians, parents, therapists, and dentists to get the pros and cons of baby pacifiers.” I thought you parents would find the results interesting.
Some of the reasons to use a pacifier include
- protection against SIDS,
- helping babies pacify themselves, and
- easier weaning.
Some of the reasons against using a pacifier include
- mistakenly assuming a child needs to be pacified when it “really needs nutrition-based sucking, such as a breast or bottle,” and
- an increased risk for ear infections.
For more details, see my complete report, Pacifiers for Babies – What are the Risks and Benefits?
Also, the WebMD article also included ten tips for pacifier use and pacifier weaning.