Pacifiers ! Are they good or bad for babies ?

Vishali - posted on 12/21/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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Pacifiers! Are they good or bad for your baby ?

This is a very a very common issue all moms and moms to be ponder about .

Click on the link to read about the pros and cons of using pacifier.

http://healthmad.com/children/pacifiers-...

Have covered the topic comprehensively , i believe ......

Pls read and give me your feedback.

thank u ! :)

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Iysha - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Jessica:



Quoting Lisa:




Quoting Jessica:

Wtf? There's nothing wrong with giving your baby a pacifier to help calm them down. Little kids are different. But babies have a biological need to suck, its calming for them and entirely normal.







Yes...a biological need to suckle a breast :)









Sure... but lets face it, you could be the most hardcore baby-wearing, co-sleeping attachment-parenting mom out there but there are still going to be times when you just can't be available as a human pacifier to your baby.  And I really don't see the harm in giving your baby a pacifier.  Lots of babies suck their thumbs instead.  Its the same concept- sucking = comfort.






LOL I agree... same concept. I think it's like anything else...if youwant to use it, use it, if you don't then don't. If someone wants to be a "human pacifier," by all means be your baby's pacifier. If you would rather not, give your baby a binky. 



I am an oral surgeon's assistant. I am also a mother of an almost 6 month old little girl. I use a pacifier and do not intend on having her use it past 9 months (recommended age to stop)...she was a  preemie so she will actually be a bit less than 8 months. I use it when she is having a hard time getting to sleep...which won't happen if she gets her regular naps, but when I am at work, her sitters would like to play with her and ignore her nap time cues. lol... so I get stuck with her at 6pm in a fussy mood and way too tired.



I don't use it frequently because I know that I don't want my daughter to be "one of those kids." You know, the 4 year old that still has a pacifier in her mouth. I know the dental risks all too well from what I have seen at work but, I chose to use one because the benifits of using it out way what I consider the risks to be...I will not allow my daughter to be "addicted" to the binky, which  eliminates 2 of the risks and makes the risk of middle ear infections an even smaller risk because I am allowing my daughter to use her binky at designated times( only when she could use something to suck on and I don't breastfeed so it seems real odd giving her my breast when there's nothing in it) as opposed to any time I want her to be quiet and just suck on something.



i am a busy person and I like the convenience of having a binky. I don't believe by having a binky for my daughter I am putting my child in any danger or setting her up for "bad" habbits.

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Stephanie - posted on 12/26/2009

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well i beast fed for 7 weeks but i wasn't producing enough so i had to slowly introduce a bottle. in hospital they wouldn't let me give my daughter a dummy i only got sleep when my SO come in to visit cos my baby wouldn't let me sleep cos she just wanted to suck all the time. when we got home ignored their pleas i gave her one its the best thing i ever did she knew the difference between the boob and the dummy and if she doesn't want it she wont take it shes 4 months now still has a dummy usually only to go 2 sleep but she sucks her thumb as well and she done that since birth to. there is absolutely nothing wrong with my baby. she healthy smart and happy and its a life saver 4 me now she teething she just chews her dummy. as long as its taken away at a good age and she doesn't suck on it all the time there is no problem with it

Pauline - posted on 12/26/2009

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Quoting Pauline:

dummy can be mircle to have nor not, everyone has their option about that, i am a strong belivery on dummy without them we would have a very upset child.
i have used dummy for all of my 4 kids and their didnt come out with buckle teeth my daughter was tongue tight and it help her with it, we used nuk dummy( flat type dummy ) but it didnt make her teeth buckle and root in later life, would if you would put a sweeter on the dummy water is the best thing to wet the dummy , and it would save the dentel bill in the long rune when they cut throu ,but the real good type out there, but there are cheaply made dummy her their are cheap but after the uses of thme their full apart when whehn your child a sleep and the teat does done their troat when a sleep ,



(so but the best brand, named a few, nuk, tommiy tippie,henize pengione,nam, happy baby, out there at lease you know their wont fall apart on the market but buy a dummy at the chemist or drugs store or at lease you know ur baby is good hands),



my baby was born at 31.6 day (two months early in the mean time she was tube feed as she couldnt get the sucking down to a patten ,

but less do you know that when baby are born premmie they the nurses give dummy to help them suckle when it come to feed and to get the mouth in a sucking action movment when it come time for it and it doesnt confuess them between the breast nor dummy but while the baby are breast feed they still uses the breast as a dummy while drinking,so how is that confusing them when theyr are still suck while getting comfter, baby tend to suck for a premmie ate the aged of 36-37 week of grestion but a full term baby ,so it up to u what you choose


hospital give dummy to really young baby to help with the sucking motion,

Krystal - posted on 12/25/2009

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My son wouldnt really take a dummy. He'd gag on it. Hubby would try hold it in and i was like "dont force him! if he doesnt want it its not a bad thing". I dont know why but i hate them. I have a big thing against them and get really mad when now (Wil is 10mths) is waking heaps thru the night and in frustration i give him one and he goes back down. I hate the thought and really dont want to introduce one to him now.

Sara - posted on 12/25/2009

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I had a baby with a strong need to suck (she had sucked a patch of skin off the back of her hand in utero - which we noticed when she was just born) and while I did breast feed on demand, there would be times that she was done nursing but still wanted to suck... so she got a paci. We never had any issues with nipple confusion. As she grew older, she found other ways to self-soothe, and so the paci was for sleeping and if she was over-stimulated, angry, tired, frustrated, in pain (etc.) She's always been pretty independent kid, and needs time by herself to calm down sometimes. By the time she was walking (10.5 mos) she was just using it for sleeping, mostly. We weaned her completely off it around 13 months... right after a long car trip, and she did great.

Lucy - posted on 12/24/2009

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I hate to see a child that can talk and is walking around with a pacifier stuck in its mouth. However, when used as a comforter to help to go to sleep when they are younger i can completely understand. Although, my baby girl was BF and on the rare occasion i have offered her a pacifier, she acts like i am torturing her, so i take it away fast. I guess i am lucky because she is not much of a thumb sucker either... but she does love holding her toes and trying to get those in her mouth. Lol

Rebecca - posted on 12/23/2009

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Like with many things in life they can be good when used in Moderation.
Or you can have a baby like my little guy, he can't stand them.

Kate - posted on 12/23/2009

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I can't tell you if they are good or not because my son will only take one very, very rarely! I know that growing up my sister had one then switched to her thumb and she had to have a lot of orthodontic treatments because she had overbite really bad from the pacifier and sucking her thumb. I think it was just from having the pacifier and sucking her thumb for too long. My mom could not break her, she tried everything!!!



But, like I said, in my son's case he only takes ia pacifier very rarely, he is two months old and has only taken a pacifier maybe four times total.

REBEKAH - posted on 12/23/2009

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I had both my children via c-section. They had a problem with mucous in their lungs and the doctor said it was common for children of c-section because during vaginal birth the mucous is forced out during delivery. I was concerned about them choking on the mucous so often, so the doctor suggested a pacifier during sleeping. We have used them during naps since, they also cut down on sids because it keeps their mouths busy. My son is not attatched to the pacifier, and my daughter only uses it to fall asleep and then lets it fall out of her mouth. I spoke with the dentist and they prefer pacifiers over thumb sucking because pacifiers can be taken away and weaned from. It is important to wein your child from a pacifier at a young age, we chose two because communication and self-awareness are beginning to develop and it is easier to explain why they aren't getting the pacifier any longer. I have also found that about that age they begin to wean themselves anyway.

Shannon - posted on 12/22/2009

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I have had 4 kiddos and I have offered a pacifier to each. I have one thumb sucker, one who sucked two of his fingers, and 2 who took the pacifier. As long as it is only for comfort and not constantly hanging in their mouth, I think it's perfect. Much easier to get rid of a plug (as we call it), then getting them to stop sucking their fingers. Our number 4 needed soon after birth or she was constantly attached to my boob. We have had no breastfeeding issues and she is still going strong now at 7 months.

Lorena - posted on 12/22/2009

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Hey there, I live in Holland and after the study about pacifier use during sleeping the doctors here now tend to recommend them if the baby will take it. They do recommend that if you breast feed to wait 3 weeks or so (until the baby has developeed a good breastfeeding habit and technique), and to stop using them by one year old so that it doesn't interfear with speach development. If your child only uses the pacifier for sleeping, than this is not an issue nor is the dental problem an issue. These are issues with children who tend to use the pacifier alot during thier waking hours as well as sleeping.

My daughter uses one to get to sleep, then it falls out while she sleeps (we used to take it out after an hour or so but now we have one that is tip heavy and it just falls out all on its own as soon as she is fast asleep. She doesn't use it during the day because I just always left it in her crib when I got her out. Out of sight out of mind. (I do give it to her when she is teething or sick just for the comfort thing. I hope this helps.

Joanne - posted on 12/22/2009

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the think about a dummy is most of them are now made specially designed not to mess their teeth up i cant spell the name which thay are sorry. also a dummy can be taken away fgrom a baby or child whenever you as their mum wants to get rid of it. however if your child ends up sucking their thumb it is worse as you can not remove their thumb from them. and an for the woman who said they are horrible unhygenic ect it is all about how you care for them sterilise them keep them in a dummy container do not let your child talk when they have it in their mouth encourage them to take it out.

Nurshuhada - posted on 12/22/2009

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i gave my son dummy when he 1 week ol because i was having problem with BF.. he had his dummy until he was around 7 mths then luckily he stopped it himself.. i gave dummy to comfort him in the first place but backed then always remind myself not to let it be his habit.. i try not to let him have any favorite things; blanket/toy/dummy and make me easier to go out without need to bring all those things (and having problem if i forget them!!)

Sarah - posted on 12/22/2009

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my son is 10months and still uses his dummy.
he teeths badly and its the only thing that will help settle him.
however he has a habit of picking it up and shoving it in his mouth so i pull it out and only give it to him when his generally upset.
my plan is to get him off the dummy when he's 1/ or when he has quite a few more teeth.

he's never been a thumb sucker .. so if he didn't have his dummy it'd be harder to settle him.

we did have a talk a few weeks ago from an oral hygienist (sp?) at the baby group i go to .. she said she prefers dummys as obviously you can dispose of a dummy but not of a thumb ..

Amanda - posted on 12/22/2009

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My daughter only gets her dummy at bed time, it seems to help her go to sleep as she uses this as a cue that it is bed time. When she doesn't have her dummy during the day she will sometimes suck her thumb, I try to deter that by pulling it out and offering her a teething ring... Oh I couldn't breast feed either so there was no benefit offering her the breast to suck.

Brenda - posted on 12/21/2009

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maybe I'm in a different situation here as I have 6 month old triplets who were born 8 weeks early. They all love their binkies. They were too small to breast feed and were given binkies in the NICU to help them learn how to suck so they could eventually drink from a bottle. I have also read a great deal of research showing that using a binky helps decrease the risk of SIDS. As a speech pathologist I don't think they should be used after 12 months because they do get in the way of talking, but I agree with Liz that it is much easier to wean from a binky than from thumb sucking.

Liz - posted on 12/21/2009

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Well, some of us were not fortunate enough to be able to breastfeed, and the sucking action is a natural, comforting thing for babies. If not a pacifier to suck on, what do us moms who cant breastfeed give them? I work, I cant be with my son all day every day unfortunately, and Im sure if it werent for his paci, his sitter would have quit by now lol. But every one is different and whats good for one baby isnt for another.

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Neither of my babies had pacifiers or sucked their thumbs. Both breastfed on demand. I don't think either of them has suffered through not having something artificial shoved into their mouths.

Liz - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Jessica:



Quoting Lisa:




Quoting Jessica:

Wtf? There's nothing wrong with giving your baby a pacifier to help calm them down. Little kids are different. But babies have a biological need to suck, its calming for them and entirely normal.







Yes...a biological need to suckle a breast :)









Sure... but lets face it, you could be the most hardcore baby-wearing, co-sleeping attachment-parenting mom out there but there are still going to be times when you just can't be available as a human pacifier to your baby.  And I really don't see the harm in giving your baby a pacifier.  Lots of babies suck their thumbs instead.  Its the same concept- sucking = comfort.





LOL @ human pacifier!! I feel you on that one big time! I don't see anything wrong with a pacifier, my son loves his! I wasnt able to breastfeed for quite a few different reasons, and I would much rather him suck on a pacifier then his thumb. He can be weaned off the paci, but you cant take away their thumb.

Brooke - posted on 12/21/2009

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my idea of pacifers(dummies, plugs) are some babies need them as it is a babies natural pain killer to suck it doesnt become a problem unless they are continued into 20 months or 2 yr olds and then you can have teeth problems as they get pushed out in saying that it is much better than sucking a thumb as u can take a dummy away a thumb u cant

Jessica - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Jill:










I totally agree with you. It's comforting to a child to have one when he/she is young. I do however believe that they should be taken away at a certain age. Some babies don't even take to the pacifier, so they probably don't feel the need like other children do. Every person is different.. even little baby persons =)





Yeah, I'm wondering when a good age is to not let them have them anymore?  I agree once they are bigger they shouldn't have them anymore... I guess its probably different for every baby though and you have to play it by ear.

Jill - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Jessica:



Quoting Lisa:




Quoting Jessica:

Wtf? There's nothing wrong with giving your baby a pacifier to help calm them down. Little kids are different. But babies have a biological need to suck, its calming for them and entirely normal.







Yes...a biological need to suckle a breast :)









Sure... but lets face it, you could be the most hardcore baby-wearing, co-sleeping attachment-parenting mom out there but there are still going to be times when you just can't be available as a human pacifier to your baby.  And I really don't see the harm in giving your baby a pacifier.  Lots of babies suck their thumbs instead.  Its the same concept- sucking = comfort.






I totally agree with you. It's comforting to a child to have one when he/she is young. I do however believe that they should be taken away at a certain age.  Some babies don't even take to the pacifier, so they probably don't feel the need like other children do. Every person is different.. even little baby persons =)

Jessica - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Lisa:



Quoting Jessica:

Wtf? There's nothing wrong with giving your baby a pacifier to help calm them down. Little kids are different. But babies have a biological need to suck, its calming for them and entirely normal.





Yes...a biological need to suckle a breast :)





Sure... but lets face it, you could be the most hardcore baby-wearing, co-sleeping attachment-parenting mom out there but there are still going to be times when you just can't be available as a human pacifier to your baby.  And I really don't see the harm in giving your baby a pacifier.  Lots of babies suck their thumbs instead.  Its the same concept- sucking = comfort.

Minnie - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

Wtf? There's nothing wrong with giving your baby a pacifier to help calm them down. Little kids are different. But babies have a biological need to suck, its calming for them and entirely normal.


Yes...a biological need to suckle a breast :)

Jessica - posted on 12/21/2009

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Wtf? There's nothing wrong with giving your baby a pacifier to help calm them down. Little kids are different. But babies have a biological need to suck, its calming for them and entirely normal.

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I'll apologise right now for not having read the link, but that is because I have my own strong opinions about pacifiers already! I hate them. They can mess up feeding, teeth, learning to talk, they can be unhygienic, they're ugly and I think it's cruel to give a baby a pretend nipple to suck on that does nothing useful!

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