Arguments for and against the use of pacifiers

It is a very personal decision to offer your child a pacifier. The important thing is that you know what are the benefits and negative aspects to your health when you make the decision.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP for its acronym in English) explains that it is completely normal for babies and children wanting to suck his fingers, his fist or pacifier you offer him. Similarly, the AAP notes that neither the teeth or jaw child suffer any damage while sucking her finger, fist or pacifier habit and not prolonged.

According to experts, the problem with the pacifier or when children decide thumb sucking is that it can become a habit beyond first year, while doctors recommend that most children quit. Remember to avoid all kinds of infections and infections handling must be hygienic. Find out if your saliva healthy clean with objects that your baby is brought to the mouth.

Do not forget that like any other conditions or medical questions you have about the development and health of your baby is important that you ask your pediatrician with any questions.

To clear some of the doubts about the benefits and harms children’s health, then we share a list of doctors in favor and against the use of pacifiers arguments.


It can help reduce the risk of sudden death (SIDS by its acronym in English). It is not a novel approach nothing but the medical community found a significant association between pacifier use during sleep and a decrease in the odds that your child suffer from SIDS.

Exercising their natural instinct to suckle and calm. Even with the soother – although you can also do it with your finger or fist sucking practice is a normal behavior in newborns and infants. This instinct is associated with the need to meet and explore feel secure contact. Some experts argue that it is the best way for your baby to learn to calm down alone.

It facilitates and allows the baby to sleep. There are several theories regarding whether to let the child cry to sleep, but the truth is that calm through the pacifier the baby tends to sleep and rest stimulates their growth. This is particularly beneficial for babies who have difficulty falling asleep or who are hospitalized. In some hospitals they are used to relieve the pain of babies.

It is disposable, replaceable and controllable. The medical community is still not agree if the pacifier is better finger or fist of your child, to satisfy his need to suck, the fact is that if your baby likes a pacifier does not improve or worsen your chances of creating a permanent habit . However, if you use the pacifier you may have more control over their use if regulas and offer sparingly. Besides the chuepte it is disposable and can be replaced. The medical recommendation is to use it in moderation and limit the hours for naps.

Relieves pressure in the ears when traveling by plane. Maybe not the perfect solution, but the pacifier in addition to feeding a baby or offer a bottle can relieve tension babies naturally feel when traveling by plane because of the height.


They are not nutritious. This is perhaps the oldest medical arguments against the pacifier. The truth is that although it nourishes, there are those who argue that simply serves to exercise the natural reflex to suckle the child, others argue that interferes with nutrition, ie that sometimes parents replace the lunch with the pacifier and this can affect infant feeding.

Interferes with breastfeeding. Most breastfeeding experts including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommend not to introduce a pacifier or any other artificial before or during breastfeeding nipple, especially before the baby already knows how to suck breast maternal.

It produces or is associated with the prevalence of otitis media, ie in the middle ear infections. Several scientific studies have confirmed that pacifier use increases the risk of otitis media infections. The reason is that suction increases the production of saliva, which helps the bacteria journey through the eustachian tube to the middle ear. Other infections are possible if the pacifier is not kept clean. I invite you to read Is it safe to clean with your saliva objects that your baby is brought to the mouth?

Causes long-term dental problems. Not immediately, but when the habit of sucking than one year of age increases the risk that there are problems with the front teeth. However, experts say that the damage to teeth are more pronounced after 48 months of age.

Increases the exposure of plastics and chemicals. It is a myth, since even the fetal stage, your child is exposed to a number of chemicals, plastics and content is one of the main. While pacifier nipple no major problem because it is latex or silicone, the plastic that covers it and the cover itself, though perhaps least is considering.


American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP for its acronym in English). Declaration of the Academy of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS by its acronym in English) entitled: “The Changing Concept of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Diagnostic Coding Shifts, Controversies Regarding the Sleeping Environment, and New Variables to Consider in Reducing Risk.” Revised: May 8, 2013.

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP for its acronym in English Article that compiles studies on the risks and benefits of medical pacifiers “Revised.. May 8, 2013. /0415/p681.html

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP for its acronym in English). Information page when discontinue pacifier use. Revised: May 8, 2013.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP for its acronym in English). Information page when discontinue pacifier use. Revised: May 8, 2013.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC for its acronym in English). Page of information on practices and prenatal care. Revised: 8 mayodel 2013.

Science Daily. Information page related study whether to let the baby cry. Revised: May 8, 2013.

The LLL. Page position information set by the LLL on the recommendation of the AAP on the use of chueptes. Revised: May 8, 2013.

University of Maryland. Information page of otitis media infections. Revised: 8 mayodel 2013.