Health Tip: Giving Baby a Pacifier
(HealthDay News) -- Pacifiers may do a great job of soothing
cranky little ones, but parents should take steps to make sure
their toddlers are safe.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these safety
guidelines for pacifiers:
- Never offer the nipple of a bottle (even if connected to the
ring) as a pacifier, as it may pose a choking hazard.
- Choose a pacifier that is molded together and does not have
pieces that may split apart.
- The shield on the pacifier should be at least 1.5 inches in
diameter so baby cannot put the entire pacifier in the mouth. The
shield also should have ventilation holes.
- Never tie a pacifier to your child or the crib.
- Inspect a pacifier regularly and discard it immediately if
discolored or torn.
- Make sure you offer a pacifier that is appropriate for your
child's age, as recommended by the manufacturer.
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