Three Reasons to avoid Pacifiers for your baby

Actually a crying baby is the toughest thing for parents to handle! Passy, binkey, dummie, soother–whatever you call it, you may consider using a pacifier to lull their colicky cries and help them drift off to sleep. While pacifier usage is linked to some benefits, such as teaching your baby to self-soothe, you may want to consider the negative effects before giving your baby one when they cry. Here are three reasons to avoid pacifiers for your baby: 

 

* Creates Unhealthy Attachment: A baby and their pacifier is cute for the first year, but once your child is a toddler, the binkie may move from helpful soother to unhealthy obsession. As your child grows older and still has an attachment to their pacifier, you may worry that they’ll never outgrow it.

* Inhibits unhealthy weight gain in toddlers: In some cases,  a pacifier can inhibit a child from gaining weight at a healthy pace for their age. Pacifiers are often used at night to calm crying infants, but nighttime is when a baby consumes about 1/3 of their daily caloric intake through bottle or breastfeeding. Having a pacifier instead of feeding the baby may result in weight loss and nutrition deficiency, leaving your child at-risk for stunted growth.

* Increases risk of ear infections: Pacifiers interrupt development of the middle ear and can result in increased ear pressure and infections.