Pediatric Speech and Language Pathologist explains when a parent should take a pacifier away from a baby or toddler.
In this Video You Will Learn:
- If there is a specific age to take the pacifier away
- How sucking on a pacifier can cause feeding and speech difficulties
- What kind of pacifier a child should be using
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Robyn: Hello and welcome to Pediatric Therapy TV. I’m your host, Robyn Ackerman. Today, I’m standing with speech and language pathologist, Allison Raino. Allison, can you tell us at what age a child should stop using a pacifier?
Allison: Sure. Unfortunately, there’s no definitive age but what I can talk about are the limitations that pacifiers have on oral development. The first reason why pacifiers can become problematic is the amount of time the baby has a pacifier in their mouth, and the second being the size and the shape of the pacifier.
As the baby transition into chewing, jaw strength and stability is very important developmental growth, and sucking on a pacifier drastically limits the amount of jaw movements, reducing the strength and stability which could cause future feeding and speech difficulties.
The second being the size and the shape of the pacifier. The pacifiers that are rounded on the top and flat on the bottom, they’re too big for the baby’s mouth. The pacifiers that are rounded on all sides, those are preferred because it puts the tongue in a more natural position.
So, my two suggestions would be to limit the amount of time the pacifier is used as well as using the pacifier that is rounded on all sides.
Robyn: All right. Thank you for those suggestions and thank you to all of our viewers for watching. And remember, keep on blossoming.
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