It’s one of the hardest habits to break: weaning your child off their pacifier. However, there are positives and negatives to using a pacifier.
Babies tend to sleep deeper with the pacifier in their month then those who don’t.
A pacifier also increases sucking satisfaction and is a comfort to the child.
Unfortunately, a child may develop an alignment problem with their teeth. Researchers recommend stopping the pacifier by age 2.
Here are some helpful pacifier tips:
- Restrict the time of the pacifier to when the child is falling asleep
- Use a pacifier with ventilation holes in the shield
- Use a pacifier that has a ring, not the one with a cord to prevent strangulation
- Dispose of the pacifier after use, it’s not exactly sanitary to keep it or give it to someone else
Talk with your dentist if you have concerns about your child’s alignment from the pacifier.