Pacifier Use



Today, research shows that using a pacifier every time you place your baby down to sleep can greatly reduce the risk of SIDS. Doctors say that by using the following guidelines, pacifiers will not cause any problems for your baby. Remember that using a pacifier does not replace other important recommendations on reducing the risk of SIDS such as putting your baby to sleep on his or her back in a crib that meets current safety standards and removing all soft, fluffy or loose bedding and other soft items. Some parents are hesitant to use a pacifier because of concerns about possible harmful effects such as breastfeeding challenges, ear infections and dental  problems. Rest assured, research clearly shows that the potential benefits of pacifier use in reducing the risk of SIDS far outweigh any potential negative affects.


Guidelines for safe and effective pacifier use:


Common Concerns


Other Benefits