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How often should I change my baby's pacifier?

Our studies have shown that within 1 week of use, not only is the surface of the pacifier contaminated with germs (bacteria, yeasts, and molds), but the germs have actually penetrated the material of the pacifier. In addition, the plastic lip-shield is equally contaminated. While it is important to wash the pacifier frequently with an antibacterial soap, our studies have shown that many of the germs are resistant to the soap. Still, the action of cleaning reduces the numbers of germs. For this reason, I recommend daily washing of the pacifier; I also recommend that the pacifier be changed weekly.  Dr. G.

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