Pacifiers are one of the most controversial topics in the realm of babies. It can leave a new parent wondering if they should give one to their baby or not, whether it is safe or healthy for their little one.
Overall, there is no reason to deny your child a pacifier if they are willing to take one – they can actually be very helpful to parents – but you need to know how to use them properly. You need to be aware of all the pros and cons as well as all the ins and outs of pacifier use.
1. Pro: A Reduced Risk of SIDS
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) remains a rather big mystery in the medical field. While there are certain patterns and factors that seem to contribute to a child’s risk level, there is no singular cause that can be determined in order to avoid this tragic event.
Babies who die from SIDS are usually under a year old and are more often male, though it can happen to any child. Certain environmental factors can also increase the risk factor such as a baby’s exposure to secondhand smoke or a child who sleeps in an overcrowded crib.
There is no solid evidence to prove that pacifier use decreases the risk of SIDS, but studies have shown that there may be a link between the two. If you are worried about your child’s risk for SIDS, consider giving them a pacifier when they sleep.