Why the use of a pacifier is beneficial for your baby (and disadvantages)

Although the use of pacifier wave suck it is as traditional as it is basic for the majority of dads and mothers, the truth is that we are faced with a common tool or element on which there is in fact some debate between the experts themselves and the parents. Moreover, its use is ultimately widespread and many parents tend to resort to it when necessary; to consider it as an element of basic as the cradle or the car.

On the other hand, in the words of the Spanish Association of Pediatrics (AEP), the use of a pacifier is deeply rooted in developed societies. In fact, "many health professionals and society in general think that they are harmless and even beneficial and necessary for the development of the infant".

But despite the customs that many parents continue to maintain generation after generation, the reality is that Not all babies tend to accept the use of a pacifier, and many of them even they do not need it. Moreover, its widespread use is a common reason for controversy among the medical professionals themselves, since there are those who advise or even discourage it based on personal experiences, and not based on evidence or clearly scientific evidence.

Be that as it may, the truth is that although today controversy and debate continues regarding the advantages and disadvantages that the use of the pacifier could cause in the baby, the truth is that there are scientific studies that have allowed to verify its benefits.

Why the use of a pacifier can be useful for the baby?

It helps him calm down

We must bear in mind that babies are born with an intense need for suction, which is - in fact - fundamental and appropriate to their own nature, since breastfeeding feeds them on the one hand, while on the other it also helps them to calm down.

So that the use of the pacifier helps the baby to calm down by providing an element with which calms your anxiety and your desire to suck.

It can prevent sudden infant death

On the other hand, according to several relatively frequent scientific studies, Regular use of a pacifier reduces the risk of sudden infant death, by improving heart rate and sleep.

Sudden infant death (also known medically asSyndrome of sudden infant death, orSMSL), consists in the unexpected and sudden death of a child apparently younger than one year, which apparently occurs during sleep and remains unexplained after the autopsy, the examination at the place of death and the review of the clinical history

Put another way, it is the sudden death of a child under 1 year of age, caused by many factors, including: problems with the baby's ability to wake up, and the inability of the baby's body to detect the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the blood.

It is useful for babies traveling by plane

According to some studies the use of a pacifier during an airplane flight helps alleviate the common discomfort that the baby may suffer, since not being able to yawn or swallow saliva consciously, it is common to feel annoying associated with pressure changes in the ears.

However, it seems that using a pacifier or sucking can help alleviate these symptoms, and above all, relieve discomfort.

But not all are advantages in the use of the pacifier ...

As can also happen with any other element or utensil, the use of the pacifier also has its disadvantages. The most important one is related to the possibility that you can affect the normal development of breastfeeding, since babies tend to be tremendously sensitive to the differences between the breast, the bottle and the pacifier.

This means that if the pacifier is introduced when breastfeeding is not yet fully established, it can adversely affect its proper development, especially when the pacifier is introduced during the first days of the newborn's life. It is recommended in any case its introduction from the month of life, which is in fact the age at which the risk of sudden infant death syndrome begins.

In the words of the experts themselves, the truth is that The chest is an indispensable natural option that feeds the baby and calms her, therefore the use of the pacifier is not recommended in lactating babies until the breast milk production and the position itself have settled perfectly (usually during the first month of life).

It can also be given dependency on the pacifier or suck, which means that if the baby needs and depends on the pacifier to be able to fall asleep, when it falls off he will wake up.The result is clear: the baby will end up waking up several times throughout the night.

Finally we must take into account the dental problems that can cause the use of the pacifier. Of course, the use of the suck does not cause dental problems or risks during the first years of life, only when its use is prolonged. This article is published for informational purposes only. You can not and should not replace the consultation with a Pediatrician. We advise you to consult your trusted pediatrician.

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