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Pacifier – well, as the name suggests, it’s popped into a newborns’ mouth to calm them from incessant crying. It may or may not work though. But what you need to understand is if it’s really working for your baby or not?
If you have decided to use a pacifier, you must remember one thing for sure that your baby might become dependent on it. The major reason behind that is they start enjoying its soothing and calming effect. Basically, it becomes therapeutic for them.
But the ugly side of using a pacifier is a little traumatizing and we want all new parents to know about it.
Yes, you heard it right. Continuously using it can cause ear problems.
“Your baby will be quiet when you give him/her a pacifier. But, he/she cry when you take it out. This can be disturbing for you too. Since the baby is used to it, you will find it difficult to get rid of this habit,” warns Dr Atul Palwe, a consultant paediatrician and neonatologist from Motherhood Hospital, Pune.
Your little one’s teeth will be misaligned, if the pacifier is used for extended periods. You will have to wean your baby from a pacifier as advised by the doctor. It can also affect the shape of the baby’s mouth.
“Pacifier contains a lot of germs, if it isn’t cleaned properly. Those germs can make your baby sick,” suggests Dr Palwe.
“Parents should not force their babies to use pacifiers. You can use other options like singing or rocking, instead of giving a pacifier to the baby. The pacifier can get stuck in the mouth and choke the baby. Thus, parents are suggested to weigh the pros and cons and then only give pacifiers to their little ones,” concluded Dr Palwe.
So mommies, the moral of the story is that a pacifier can a be breather, but don’t depend on it way too much.