Pacifiers for the baby???

@kapriusa (135)
United States
January 24, 2007 10:26pm CST
How many agree that pacifiers are ok for the baby as i have read somewhere that by giving pacifiers to the baby their gums get pressed and then they have uneven teeths???
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• United States
25 Jan 07
Well my son won't take a pacifier but I think the benfits or greater than the risks with them... There is evidence that putting baby to bed with a pacifier helps precent SIDS and that alone is a good reason. And they make orthodontist approved ones that help prevent the uneven teeth thing. Really I've never actually heard anyone say that THEIR child's teeth were damaged by a pacifier, although I've heard that it could happen.
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• United States
25 Jan 07
I think pacifiers are fine. My oldest had one until she was two and then we sent it to Santa in an evnevelope! Her teeth are fine and the dentist says the adult ones look like they will come in fairly straight! In fact I wish my youngest one would hvae taken to one. She seems to not really have a way to sooth herself, but hated the pacifier when she was younger ! AND I think I just read that it can be helpful to prevent SIDS!
@patgalca (15632)
• Orangeville, Ontario
25 Jan 07
What I don't like about pacifiers is that some parents let their kids keep these stupid things in their mouths all day long and for years. Yes, years! I know one girl who could not be understood when she spoke because she spent so many years talking with a pacifier in her mouth she couldn't talk properly. There is a lovely little girl whose brother is on my daughter's soccer team. So she is at every game. She must be about 2 years old and she walks back and forth along the risers, and talks to me, all the while with the soother in her mouth. Her mother finally took it from her saying she shouldn't talk with it in her mouth. I told the little girl she has such a beautiful smile to be hidden behind a pacifier. My babies had pacifiers as babies only. Never more than a few months. They really didn't take to them and I am so glad after the kids I've seen with them. Kids that go to school, for crying out loud! I don't know what it does to the dental properties of a child's mouth, but I do know it messes up their speech and is really pathetic!
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• United States
8 Feb 07
my daughter had one until her first birthday and my baby girl has one now and she will until about 6th months, im thinking of taking her off sooner than i did with her sister. a paci wont bother them unless they use one for a long time after they have teeth. i would much rather my child suck on a soft paci than a hard thumb. the paci can be trashed later, the thumb cant!
• United States
8 Feb 07
I dont see anything wrong with a baby using one, although none of mine ever have. I dont think its right for kids 2 and up, that seems to be when it does damage to their teeth.
@puma_nz (1001)
• New Zealand
25 Jan 07
I dunno if thats true but my Baby had one for almost 2 years and theres nothing wrong with her teeth.. I guess its the Pro-longed users that will get that.. Im not sure