Check out advantages & disadvantages of pacifiers.
Best Way To Soothe
All babies are born with a sucking reflex. Some even start sucking before they are even born. More than anything it is the soothing and the calming effect that they give the babies that make pacifiers a must have for any new parent. Doctors say that the time that the baby spends in crying increases as he grows and it can cause crying stress. Pacifiers are the best way to soothe a baby and this soothing effect has made pacifier very popular as well.
It has been found that in preterm or premature babies pacifiers have proved useful. Pacifiers help the preemies to gain weight faster and also it was found that babies who used pacifiers show earlier sucking patterns and raise fewer health complications.
Researchers have found an association between the pacifier and the reduced number of SIDS. Though not proven, studies claim that there are fewer chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in babies who are used to pacifiers.
Pacifiers can be disposed once the baby stops the use.
There is a greater chance of ear infections in children under the age of three who have the habit of sucking pacifiers. It is found that while sucking the pacifiers, fluid accumulates in the ears of the children, which can lead to ear infections.
Interfere With Breastfeeding
Babies who are introduced to pacifiers at an earlier stage will have problem, sucking breast. This can lead to the early cessation of breastfeeding also.
Babies who tend to use pacifiers are found to have protruding frontal teeth or cross bite teeth. This condition can persist even after losing the milk teeth.
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