Pacifiers can be extremely useful to parents, especially when Baby is crying and becoming irritable. Moms know that pacifiers often save the day, especially when Mom is busy and can't feed Baby right away. They also help Baby go right to sleep when they're cranky or aren't feeling well. Yes Pacifiers seem to be made just for Mom's convenience but are they?
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Studies show that Pacifier use can reduce the chances of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and also stimulates Baby to produce saliva which ultimately may reduce chances that Baby will experience acid reflux also commonly known as Heart Burn. Saliva is a natural digestive aid and intestinal lubricant.
Pacifiers also have their cons, within reason of course. Pacifier use should always be supervised and should be kept to a minimum with some babies. Some children tend to rely on them as they get older and can lead to dental issues later on. Its also seen to lead to ear infections, although this is rarely heard of. If pacifiers are used too soon, some babies have trouble adjusting to nursing and cause irritability on both ends.
The best advice for Moms? Do your research and consult with a pediatrician before use. Each baby is different ad therefore usage amongst them will also vary. Always make sure your decisions are SAFE for Baby but also convenient for Mom.
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More info on preventing SIDS : http://www.idph.state.il.us/sids/sids_factsheet.htm
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