What’s the Deal on Pacifier Use?
Are you worried about your child using a pacifier? Sure, you really like the idea that a pacifier soothes your child when nothing else seems to work. But you’ve heard that continued use can contribute to long-term dental problems. So what’s the deal, and should you be worried?
Why do Pacifiers Soothe my Child?
It is natural for a baby or young child to suck their thumb. Many babies actually begin to suck their thumbs in the womb before they’re born. Thumb sucking and pacifiers provide a sensory way for babies to become familiar with their environments. Pacifiers and thumbs also provide comfort and emotional support for young children.
When Should I be Concerned?
For the most ...