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.