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Seems unsafe to even try anything like that. I recall our hospital had a whole bunch of things they said not to do with pacifiers that pretty much all revolved around the notion of "don't do like your grandmother did." (if you look at old pacifiers, you'll see they have 4 holes, two on each side... those were for tying ribbon behind the baby's head to keep ...


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I remembered reading that recent pediatric research in the US has said that pacifiers are OK. I looked at some recent papers and found these: Pacifiers reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). That's a pretty strong recommendation for nap-time use. Pacifiers probably don't interfere with breast-feeding. There's correlation between ...


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I believe you got a wrong advice regarding breastfeeding (As far as I know pediatricians get little to no training in breastfeeding so their advice regarding breastfeeding should be taken with a grain of salt). The most nourishing milk is hind milk which takes a while to get to. You certainly should not limit the baby's time on the breast and you should ...


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Safety is the most important criteria (though most pacifiers you can find for sale meet safety guidelines). Other than that, all pacifiers are equally good/bad for your child depending on how responsibly you use them. Let your baby choose his favorite! Safety Make sure the nipple cannot detatch from the pacifier The shield (the plastic part) should ...


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This is typical infant behavior. Keep in mind infants typically don't know what their hands are doing, that they can control them, or that they are even part of their own body. (My 5 month old son still wakes himself in the night, by whacking himself in the face -- he thinks someone else is doing it! I have to tightly wrap him in a blanket, to jeep his ...


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I don't believe there is any compelling reason to avoid pacifier use for infants, particularly after the first 4 weeks (although earlier might be okay, too; see below). Ultimately, the decision may be influenced by your child's preference. My son had absolutely no interest in pacifiers by the time he was about 2 months old. In truth, there actually is ...


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Sucking his thumb at this age is appropriate. The next stage will be putting most things in his mouth. Encourage your little one to explore his world through his mouth. There are more receptors and development there than the rest of his body at this age. Give him lots of appropriate toys & teethers to chew on too, especially when he can hold them. Sounds ...


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Here are two sites with the results of research on nipple confusion. The American Journal of Pediatrics concluded: "Breastfeeding duration in the first 3 months' postpartum was unaffected by pacifier use." The European Journal of Pediatrics reported the following conclusion, "In our study population fluid supplements offered by bottle with or without the ...


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In my opinion, I'd have them self-pacifying before they go to school at the very latest. Since you don't know how long it will take to wean them off, it's probably better to give yourself a head start of 6 months - a year before the time you'd like them cut off. Start weaning them off by having it for exclusive use only: only for bedtime, only in the car, ...


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You should never secure a pacifier to a child's mouth. Doing so could obstruct a child's breathing, prevent stomach contents from clearing the mouth or airway if refluxed or regurgitated, and decrease oral sensory awareness if the child's senses perceive the device as offensive. It is important that you consider why the pacifier is falling out. Questions ...


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One cause for concern is nipple confusion. Essentially: Baby tries to use the bottle-feeding technique on the breast and has difficulty latching-on and sucking. Baby gets very frustrated, and so does mother. Nipple confusion can even lead to baby refusing the breast. Here's an explanation. Not all children get it (mine didn't), but I've had friends ...


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For some brands of pacifiers, you can find a stuffed animal which attaches to the pacifier. For example, for the Soothie pacifier, you can check out the Wannanub product line (see monkey version below), available on Amazon. Even young babies can learn that they can hang on to the toy and get access to the pacifier.


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Do: I'd let her do it at least until she can deliberately grab other objects to suck on instead. The only thing you should check is that the skin of the hands don't get irritated from being moist all the time, and keep the nails short (though infant nails usually don't need to be clipped because they're so soft in the first place). If moist hand skin becomes ...


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It may sound weird but another option is tape. A friend of mine had the same problem when she was about that age and at night before bed her mother would put duct tape over her thumb to keep her from sucking it. It took a while but eventually it worked. Just for clarity: Duct tape was used but it was put on in such a way that the child was able to ...


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I suspect that she is waking during the night because she is hungry. Babies have growth spurts at about 2, 3, and 6 weeks, then 3 and 6 months. A hungry baby will not sleep well. So I would suggest adding in a night time feed. Try it for a week and see if this gets her to sleep. We removed the pacifier from our baby at about this time and never went back. ...


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Dummy / Pacifier use should stop between the ages of 6 months and 12 months ... http://www.nhs.uk/Planners/birthtofive/Pages/Reducingtheriskofcotdeath.aspx It's possible that using a dummy at the start of any sleep period reduces the risk of cot death. However, the evidence is not strong and not all experts agree that dummies should be promoted. Don't ...


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One thing that can help is to put a thin mitten on when she goes to bed. Since she only does this in her sleep, and it makes her thumb hurt, she'll understand that this helps her thumb not to hurt when she wakes up, and should accept the mitten. (Although be aware that she might be sucking her thumb during the day as well, just not when you see it. ...


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I have three boys, with my youngest still using a pacifier. What worked for me was cutting a triangle-shaped notch out of the end of the pacifier and then giving it to my toddler son. If done correctly, the notched pacifier will look like a forked tongue. My son would immediately spit out the damaged pacifier with a confused look on his face. I'd say, ...


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Could he be teething? In that case he might find the pacifier too soft, and he's looking for something with more chewable resistance. Try offering him teething toys (put them in the fridge first for added effect) and see if he likes them more than the pacifier. If he's not teething, it might be that he has discovered/decided that he dislikes that ...


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It seems that your daughter really wants to stop sucking their thumb but habit sabotages her efforts at night. The following technique has been helpful for other children who wanted to quit. Use an ace bandage and wrap her arm from 6 inches above to 6 inches below her elbow of the arm with the offending thumb. Wrap both if she sucks both. The wrap SHOULD ...


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For starters, introducing a pacifier is the wrong approach -- it's another dependence, just as bad for her teeth, and worse -- a choking habit in a child with strong enough bite to sever it! Try covering her thumb at night with an unpleasant-tasting but harmless substance such as hot sauce or lemon juice, or having her wear gloves/mittens to bed. It's just ...


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Why do children suck pacifiers? Answering that question helps unravel the weaning puzzle. Infants are born with a sucking reflex and sucking is a natural and effective calming strategy. They are born with a NEED to suck. As their motor, vision, and attending skills develop, healthy children should be encouraged to learn more age appropriate calming ...


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Our first daughter used to leave her binky everywhere. Eventually we started telling her that the dog would eat it if she left it laying around. Then, one day, "the dog ate it." She howled for a while the first night, had a minor meltdown for the next couple nights, and then that was it. Our second daughter gave it up on her own with very mild prodding. ...


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The Avent Soothie Pacifiers are most effective for my son too. They seem to stay in better than the Mam or Nuk options until he's actually asleep and done sucking. To get yours better at keeping them in, you can try tugging on it gently while s/he's sucking. S/he should suck it right back in. Do that a few times just after you give him/her the pacifier, ...


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After extensive research trying to locate information on criteria for selecting pacifiers for use with my patients, I found the following from "Food Chaining: The Proven 6 Step Plan to Stop Picky Eating, Solve Feeding Problems, and Expand Your Child's Diet". This team of physician, speech language pathologists, dietician, lactation consultants, and oral ...


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I can think of a few possibilities. One is that some babies prefer some brands; mine did not like anything but Nuk brand pacifiers. It surprised me; I know kids learn brands cause they're bombarded by advertising, but I didn't think it started THAT young. Another possibility is that your baby just doesn't like/want pacis. I don't know if I'd push it in ...


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We had a similar problem, especially with Avent, and you can just try brands until it works. It may start happening now simply because you baby is sucking more strongly, or the pacifier is getting old and stretchy. Our daughter seemed to prefer pacifiers that was really wide, but ultimately she rejected the idea of pacifiers altogether. :-)


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At the age of your child we were sticking to Dubs' idea of dumping multiple pacifiers in the bed. While there were still times he would knock them all out of the way and we had to go help it did severely cut down on the number of times we had to get up. By age 3 we were ready to cut them out altogether (it was only a night thing, like you). He expressed ...


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3 months of age is way too early to completely wean her off the pacifier, especially for the night. I think on average you can expect a child to go without the pacifier at 1½-2 years of age during daytime, and 2-3 years for nighttime. This is of course assuming that the parents are even pro-pacifier, but you seem to be. If I'm mistaken, please edit your ...


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When they're infants? Nah. When they're three? Yes! Your pediatrician will keep an eye on the baby's physical development in their mouth, and should let you know when they've been using the pacifier too long. When babies can learn to self-sooth, they are a lot of the way along to learning a skill that's vital for falling back to sleep without help. Even if ...



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