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Your Questions, Answered: Quitting the Pacifier


We love hearing from our readers!   One of you, dear readers, asked us for tips for saying goodbye to the pacifiers.  So, here's my two cents.

First, a brief primer on the pacifier...

There are many wonderful attributes of a pacifier, first and foremost, as the name implies, they pacify, your fussy baby.  Sucking is a reflex that all infants are born with, to help them feed and also to provide comfort. Non-nutritive sucking occurs universally (usually with fists or hands), but younger infants lack the coordination to get those hands to their mouth, so unfortunately it can be an infrequent occurance.  For me, and millions of other parents like me, anything that worked to minimize the ear-piercing screams that my son could emit in his early days, was welcomed with open arms in my house.  Especially given the recent research that has been published reporting the association of pacifier use with decreased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (there are multiple proposed mechanisms for how pacifiers could affect SIDS risk, but for now, no one is sure how this is accomlished).

But, in clinic, I want to provide a balanced picture, so in addition to the benefits of pacifier use, I also warn parents of the potential downsides....

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