Common Misuses of Pacifiers

In an ill, small, jaundiced or easygoing child, this drive to draw might become an alternative for feedings, given that the urge to suck is being pleased. Some babies may be satisfied with the simple act of sucking, and if a weary mommy or dad chooses to try the pacifier in an attempt to get child to sleep for a longer duration of time or go further between feedings, it can result in such problems as bad weight gain, and in the nursing mother, mastitis, engorgement, a decrease in milk supply, or plugged lactation ducts. Pacifiers and synthetic nipples are specially created so they immediately promote the area in the back of the child’s mouth, in between the hard palate and soft taste buds that promotes the drawing reflex.

Do not connect the pacifier to a string so that it’s easily offered within infant’s reach must the desire strike. Do not dip the pacifier pointer in honey or something similarly sweet, as this might introduce cavities in baby’s teeth.

If your infant isn’t upset or fussy, a pacifier is undoubtedly not needed. Be aware of how you are feeling as a moms and dad when you are offering a pacifier to your child.

Some children may be pleased with the basic act of sucking, and if a tired mom or papa decides to try the pacifier in an effort to get infant to sleep for a longer duration of time or go further in between feedings, it can result in such problems as poor weight gain, and in the nursing mommy, mastitis, engorgement, a decline in milk supply, or plugged lactation ducts. Do not dip the pacifier pointer in honey or something similarly sweet, as this might present cavities in infant’s teeth. Be mindful of how you are feeling as a parent when you are offering a pacifier to your baby.


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