Babies have a natural sucking reflex so pacifiers / dummies are a great source of comfort for them.
Many Health Professionals believe that dummy use should be restricted from around six months of age and that the use of a dummy or pacifier has ended by the age of one, however as children differ age is not set in stone.
Now you will have different reasons as you want your child to ditch their dummy, here are a few important reasons you may not be aware of:
Increased ear infections: There is a proven link between prolonged dummy use and ear infections. Sucking on a dummy increases the chance of an infection back tracking from the mouth into the Eustachian tube (the narrow channels that run between the ears and the throat). Children s tubes are very small and can easily get blocked.
Link to stomach and other infections: Dummies can harbour many germs therefore they pose a risk to your child suffering from symptoms such as vomiting, fever, diarrhoea and colic..
Dental problems: Dummies / Pacifiers can lead to teeth growth and development, especially if your child is still using their dummy when they have their adult / permanent / second set of teeth. Always try to at least use an orthodontic one available from most chemists and baby stores etc.
Speech impediments: You should always remove the dummy from your child s mouth when they speak and try to get them to speak more rather than keep pointing at various items or objects.
Remember all the times your child whined or cried, and they were given the dummy / pacifier.
They were programmed to learn that when they were upset this was part of the way they were comforted.
Now we are going to kind of "de-programme" them to thinking that they don't need this any longer.
Just think if you have to give something up you love, its not fun is it????
So as a parent you will have to take several steps to achieving this goal for your child.
Ok, lets get rid of that dummy, FOREVER !