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Pacifiers May Reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Updated on June 3, 2017

Pacifiers May Help Prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Many years ago a baby's pacifiers had long had a bad rap for potentially miss-aligning an infant's teeth or for changing the shape of their oral cavity. A recent issue of the Academy of General Dentistry reported that using a pacifier may reduce the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), commonly known as crib death, ( the sudden death of an infant in apparent good health, for without a cause).

Doctors are unsure as to why, but suspect a pacifier may help keep the airway open, prevent the infant from rolling over onto his or her face or strengthen the muscles of the upper airway.

And most of all, "giving your infant a pacifier is not life threatening," says Luke Matranga, D.D.S., with the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Matranga also advises, for a parent to introduce the pacifier to the infant after the first month, when nursing has been well-established and to only give it to the infant when he or she is going to sleep. Dr. Matranga also advises for parents to wean their child off the pacifier by age two.

Resource: USA Weekend , March 9-11, 2007, The Explorer, August 2007.


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