Pacifiers ! Are they good or bad for babies !

Vishali - posted on 12/21/2009 ( 29 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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Tanya - posted on 12/24/2009

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I think they are good. THere is a lower risk of sids when a pacifier is used. My daughter used them to fall asleep mostly and she is 6 months now and hardly uses it anymore. I think it depends on how often you use them and why you use them. If your using them in place of being a parent they are bad, but if your using it for them to sooth if what you have done doesn't work, or to fall asleep they are fine. I have a friend who has a 4 yr old who still sucks on one because she doesn't want to hear her cry. Pretty pathetic in the grand scheme of things. If used wisely, the pacifier is a great thing.

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Carrie - posted on 02/08/2012

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I haven't used pacifiers with my kids. I don't like them. Reading about them and that they could cause orthodontic problems and seeing kids to old for them just gave me visions of problems I didn't want to start.

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This is the big debate!! should we or shouldn't we??
My son had a pacifier since birth I found it wonderfull.! espically when bed time came around. he had his until he was 2 years. Nothing wrong with them. Some babys like them some baby's dont.

Alison - posted on 08/25/2011

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my first was a pacifier junkie; she was started on it in the NICU. My second would absolutely not take one and sucks his thumb. I prefer the pacifier. It is great for babies, especially those who have a strong need to suck something all the time. It did start affecting her speech because she had it in her mouth all the time, but it's easy enough to only let them have it at bed time. It can be really hard to take away, but not as hard as a thumb. :o)

Isabelle - posted on 08/09/2011

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When my twins were born the hospital sir jested to use one to help with the sucking reflex. They don't have any problems with speech, and wasn't to hard for them to stop using them,

Crystal - posted on 07/19/2011

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they don't harm the childrens devlopment at all both my kids had pacifiers the little one still does and they are both fine

Sarah - posted on 06/08/2011

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Only 1 of my 4 girls has been a binkie baby! And she was the worst!!! I couldn't get it off her until she was 4! I would take it away from her and she would find another one! I swear she had a secret stash! My other three just never wanted one!

Jenn - posted on 05/16/2011

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It isn't about caring or not caring for your child...some kids suck their thumbs in the womb and require the comfort of sucking once born. My oldest would've just sucked on my boob 24/7 for comfort had I let her! And it is far easier to take away a pacifier than it is their thumb. Thumbsuckers can go until they are six or older before breaking the habit. My youngest didn't need or want either so I certainly didn't push a pacifier on her. My oldest had a Pacifier till she was 3 and now that she is six with permanents coming in, her teeth are healthy and look great. Dentists want pacifiers gone before their first year but no real damage will be done other if they stop by age 4.

Crystal - posted on 04/24/2011

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I think pacifers are fine my oldest had hers until she was 3 after 18 months was mainly for sleeping and car rides and her teeth are just fine her Dr and dentist said it does not affect there teeth until after age 4 my youngest is 21 months and still has hers i think it's a personal choice but it will not harm your child

Heidi - posted on 06/16/2010

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I think they are bad and more like pacifiers for adults. they do lead to teeth issues to as they get older. Its better to care for your kid and not give them a pacifier

Farrah - posted on 05/30/2010

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I think this is a tricky one, but its personal choice and like most things common sense.
I used them with both my daughters until they were a year and luckily I was able to get them to drop the habit within a day or so. It was a useful device for comforting them, but I made sure, I stopped using them before they really developed their teeth.

Jamie - posted on 05/26/2010

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Pacifiers are good in their own way! My first daughter never really ever used a pacifier for some odd reason...lol and she never used her thumb either. But my second daughter uses a pacifier. The best thing about pacifiers they are a bit easier to wing kids off of because you can take them from the child as for their thumb you can't...lol! But like I said if I had to choose I would use a pacifier!

Shannon - posted on 05/17/2010

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i think they are good to have. it is easier to get rid of a pacifier than a thumb

Rosey - posted on 05/04/2010

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All my kids had a pacifier(dummy, as we call it in Aust.) I found that if you let them have one too long it does affect their teeth. But if you slowly take it off them, their teeth do come good. I found that if you only let them have it at night after about age one, then it is easier to get them off it by two. I have had 6 kids so I had a lot of practise. Has anyone heard about the dummy fairy? You collect all of their pacifiers and leave them under a tree in the back yard, then in the morning there is a special present there for tha little one. I did this with tha last 2 and it worked a treat. Hope this helps.

Alicia - posted on 04/15/2010

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i have never used one. i didnt wanna be the mom trying to take it away from a 3 yr old. it actually worked out because her tongue is so long she cant hold it in by herself anyways..so we deal with cranky days one day at a time, and i dont think that a binky is a way of dealing with screaming. obviously something is wrong.

Kimberly - posted on 04/11/2010

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They are good when they are babies but after 6 months or so you should take them off because it is very diffcult to get them off.

Cathy - posted on 04/09/2010

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I think Absolutely! When they are newborn they have that natural sucking instinct and it gives them a sense of comfort and security. Thats very important for a newborn. Some do get really attached to their passy and thats a different story but usually if it isnt just pushed on the baby, he/she will just grow away from it when they realize that it dont have anything in it.

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they are fine, i dont think i ever had one and my daughter now refuses the pacifier. i think shes taken it like maybe a few times. i think past a certain age tho they are bad.

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My now 18 month old daughter never had a pacifier until she was about 3 months and starting sucking her thumb! At that point I felt it was necessary and decided to give her one.......she's only ever used it at nap times or bedtime and fortunately for us it hasn't become a problem.......I still allow her to have one now but JUST at bedtime! I did a lot of research at the time and I decided that the pros outweighed the cons for us.......my next goal is to have her completely potty trained before I try and take it away permenantly.......I figure sometime after her second bday?!!

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I think pacifiers are good. I wasn't given a pacifier as a child and I ended up sucking my thumb. Taking the thumb away from me was impossible being as it was attached to me. The pacifier could have been taken away. Because I sucked my thumb, I ended up messing up my teeth. I believe it was also because I sucked my thumb until I was nine. Basically I think the pacifier is just fine.

Jodie - posted on 02/19/2010

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i think it is a personal choice. I used them with my girls, but with the second only for sleeping and if she reslly needed comfort. I know thers who prefere their kids to suck their thumbs, because it will always be there. WHen i weaned my eldest, we had a few rough nights, but we swaped it for a "special gift" that she slept with instead.

Jen - posted on 01/15/2010

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My five month old uses her pacifier when she's tired for naps and for bedtime. As a newborn she wanted to suck her thumb all of the time. I used the pacifier to prevent her from sucking her thumb. My nephew is six years old, and he's still having trouble with giving up thumb sucking. I figure that I can throw the pacifiers away when it's time to stop sucking them, so it'll be an easier habit to break than thumb sucking.

Morgan - posted on 01/13/2010

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My daughter is 3 months old and has NEVER had a pacifier.... she sucks on her hands... it was a choice not to use a pacifier.... and I am happy I chose not to use one...

Shelley - posted on 12/24/2009

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Good for parents, but i won't say bad for babies! They are just VERY hard to break them of the habit! My first had a paci, my 2nd one didn't, but I'm having such a HARD TIME getting her off her bottle!!! Tried EVERYTHING.

Divya - posted on 12/23/2009

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Hi,My daughter sucks her thumb, sometimes I feel i should have given her a pacifier.. I always felt that taking the baby off it would be difficult.

Tynesha - posted on 12/22/2009

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PACIFIERS ARE FINE BUT ITS WHEN ITS TIME FOT THEM TO COME OFF WHEN THE TROUBLE MAY COME IN. BUT IF THEY DONT WANT IT DONT GIVE IT TO THEM

Dawn - posted on 12/21/2009

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I believe they are good. They help reduce the risk of SIDS when given when put to sleep. I also think it helps comfort them.

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