Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Prons and Cons of Pacifier

I used pacifier to my eldest when she was a newborn and she was hooked up to it until she was three which I was not expected. That habit was very hard to break. I was not proud of it. Now, she is five. I have my seven months old and I still use the pacifier on him. It helps him to fall to sleep easily. I knew there are advantages and disadvantages of giving pacifier to a baby. As I made my research I found this:

The Pros:

- A pacifier might soothe a fussy baby. Some babies are happiest when they're sucking on something.

-A pacifier offers temporary distraction. A pacifier might come in handy during shots, blood test or other procedures.
-A pacifier might help your baby fall asleep. If your baby has trouble setting down, a pacifier might do the trick.

-A pacifier might ease discomfort during flights. Babies can't intentionally "pop" their ears by swallowing or yawning to relieve ear pain caused by air pressure changes. Sucking on a pacifier might help.

-Pacifiers might help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Researchers have found an association between pacifier use during sleep and a reduced risk of SIDS.

-Pacifiers are disposable. When it's time to stop using pacifiers, you can throw them away. If your child prefers to suck on his or her thumb or fingers, it might be more difficult to break the habit.

The Cons:

-Early pacifier use might interfere with breast feeding. Sucking on a breast is different from sucking on a pacifier or bottle, and some babies are sensitive to those differences. Research suggests that early use of artificial nipples is associated with decreased exclusive breast feeding and duration of breast feeding problems or serve as a solution to an existing problem.

-Your baby might become dependent on the pacifier. If your baby uses a pacifier to sleep, you might face frequent middle-of-the-night crying spells when the pacifier falls out of your baby's mouth.

-Pacifier use might increase the risk of middle ear infections. However, rates of middle ear infections are generally lowest from birth to age 6 months. When the risk of SIDS is the highest and your baby might be most interested in a pacifier.

-Prolonged pacifier use might lead to dental problems. Normal pacifier use during the first few years of life doesn't cause long term dental problems. However, prolonged pacifier use might cause a  child's top front teeth to slant outward or not come in properly.

source: mayoclinic website