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Are pacifiers harmful?

There is no need to worry about the use of pacifiers. Contrary to popular belief, pacifiers will not:
  • Cause ear infections. The risk of ear infections is very low during the first year. You can help by cleaning and replacing damaged pacifiers often.
  • Cause problems with breastfeeding. Studies show that offering a pacifier after one month, when your baby is nursing well, will not cause problems with breastfeeding.
  • Cause problems with your baby’s teeth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says that pacifiers will not cause long-term problems for your baby’s teeth if stopped by age three. Babies who do not use pacifiers are more likely to suck their fingers and thumbs -- a problem that is harder to break and more likely to cause long-term problems for your baby’s teeth.

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