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Pacifiers

pacifiers for babies

We used pacifiers for our children. It is an effective way to calm babies. I do not think that pacifiers interfere with breast feeding. Smart pacifier use can prevent thumb sucking.

Like most adults, I detest seeing children over 3 years old with a pacifiers. If your child can hold their paci like a cigarette or talk around it they are too old for a pacifier. I often see 2 and 3 year olds with overbites secondary to excessive or prolonged pacifier use.

The Gordon Pacifier Program - During the first year, let your child have it all they want. ( I fear early removal of the pacifier may lead to thumb sucking) At 12 months old, the pacifier should be reserved for bedtime and stressful situations. After the child falls asleep the pacifier should be removed from their mouths. Between 18 and 24 months the pacifier should be permanently taken away.

Our oldest son was probably our most pacifier addicted child. He slept with one in his mouth and one in each hand. At a year of age we struggled to wean his use. Finally, we tied his pacifier to a chair in the kitchen and told him he could have it all he wanted. It was great entertainment for my wife and I, as he would play for a while and then return to his pacifier to “gas up”.

When we were ready to discontinue the pacifier, we would clip the end of the pacifier with scissors. It only takes a small clip for the child to notice and refuse. We would let the child know that the pacifier was broken. After 2 or 3 days, our children moved on and never had thumb sucking or other “oral” issues.

Pacifier for Newborns

I’m okay will minimal pacifier use in the first 2 weeks of life. During the first 2 weeks of breast feeding it is important for the newborn to suck on their mothers breast to stimulate milk (... more on Pacifiers for Newborns)

Pacifier addicted 3 month old

My 3 month old is totally addicted to the pacifier. We have been limiting the use during the day with success but night time is a total failure. He can wake up as many as 8 times during (... more on Pacifier addicted 3 month old)

Written March 2010 by
Dr. Gordon, Windermere Pediatrician

 

 

 

 

 

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