Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Health Tip: Keep Baby Safe With a Pacifier

Babies begin to suck their thumbs and fingers even before they are born. Due to their strong sucking reflex, a baby feels calm and relaxed when sucking on a pacifier.

A pacifier is a relatively safe device for babies, but it should still be used properly to avoid potential problems.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions for pacifier use:

  • Never offer your baby the nipple and top from a baby bottle in place of a pacifier, as it poses a choking hazard.
  • Buy pacifiers that can't be separated or disassembled. Solid plastic pacifiers are especially safe choices.
  • The widest part of the pacifier should be at least 1 1/2 inches wide so it can't fit in baby's mouth. It also should have ventilation holes.
  • Don't tie your baby's pacifier to the baby or the infant's crib.
  • Examine pacifiers regularly to see if the rubber is deteriorating, tearing or changing color. Replace when it shows signs of wear.
  • Don't use a pacifier designed for a younger baby, who has a smaller mouth.
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