Pacifier, from what age does it begin to be harmful?

The pacifier It is one of the complements that accompany children during their first years of life. Among the uses of this product, we must highlight its help in the prevention of sudden death and its effectiveness in calming the pain and anxiety in babies. However, over the years this article may no longer be beneficial to be harmful.

From what age do you have to say goodbye to the pacifier? What consequences can it have for the child not doing it on time? The Spanish Society of Pediatric Dentistry he makes it clear, some effects are reversible, but for this the child should stop using this article at a specific time to prevent his denture from being affected by the suction activity.


False beliefs

From the Spanish Society of Pediatric Dentistry it is specified that although there are certain consequences derived from the use of the pacifier, there are other effects that have become popular in recent years and that are not real. An example is the belief that this article makes many babies do not want to take the breast.

But over the years, these beliefs have been shown as false and benefits have been found in the use of the pacifier. Thanks to it, the incidence of sudden infant death is reduced and it is a very effective analgesic in painful processes. However, it also has harmful effects on the correct alignment of the teeth are passengers.


From what age do these effects become irreversible? Pediatric dentists emphasize that for the teeth to return to their place the pacifier must disappear before three years of age. When a child inserts the teat of these items in the mouth and exerts a "non-nutritious suction" (no food intake or breast milk) the lower central teeth gradually deviate inward, and in the upper jaw, tend to separate already excel out.

If the use of the pacifier is extended in time, the canines they collide with each other and both rows of teeth will not close properly. It should also be noted that the action of sucking puts into operation a series of muscles of the face that, together with the position of the tongue, cause that, finally, the upper and lower lines lose their parallelism.


For malformations to be appreciable, it is necessary to exert a more or less constant pressure during six hours a day. We must also take into account the forces applied by the child in the act of suction when assessing how much the child can use these items before appreciating the negative consequences. So not only have to take into account the age for the withdrawal of this article, but also its use throughout the day.

How to remove the pacifier

Saying goodbye to the pacifier may seem like a pretty tough activity for the baby given the habit It has suction and the routine built around this product. Here are some tips for this purpose:

- Do not use punishments to force the farewell to the pacifier.

- Make the nipple teat have an unpleasant taste using lemon juice or vinegar.

- Take advantage of vacations to "forget" the pacifier and have these items not used during these days.

- The decision has to be firm, the pacifier should not be given briefly to calm the anxieties of the smallest ones once retired, it is necessary to find other ways to reduce the tension.

Damián Montero

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