Potential pacifier problems

Pacifier's are not recommended as they interfere in development of normal oral posture function and swallowing. Pacifier use may lead to low tongue posture, incorrect swallowing patterns, incorrect tooth alignment and incorrect jaw position and development. If your child continues to use the pacifier it can become more of a habit than a developmental need. Parents should aim to rid the pacifier before age 1 to avoid the following:

 

Increased risk of mild ear infection

Improper growth of the mouth

Misalignment of teeth

Dental cross bite or open bite

Development of thumb sucking habit

 

 To help break the pacifier habit, you may try the following:

 Limit pacifier use gradually over time

 Reduce pacifier satisfaction by piercing the pacifier’s nipple

 Go “cold turkey” and remove all pacifiers from child's access

 

 Thumb sucking

            Babies have natural rooting and sucking reflexes, which can cause them to put their thumbs or fingers into their mouths — sometimes even before birth. Because thumb sucking makes babies feel secure, some might eventually develop a habit of thumb sucking when they're in need of soothing or going to sleep.

 

 Thumb sucking may lead to low tongue posture, incorrect swallowing patterns, incorrect tooth alignment and incorrect jaw development.

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