Advantages and Disadvantages of Pacifiers and Pacifier Clips

The Leather Pacifier Clip is a durable and stylish clip used to hold on to a baby’s pacifier or small toy. Parents choose pacifiers because they help soothe the sucking reflex of babies and helps keep the babies calm. Lots of babies use pacifiers because of this and they get quite used to their pacifiers and attached and so parents have to take them everywhere they go with the baby. This is why a Leather Pacifier Clip comes in handy because it makes carrying the pacifier around more convenient. They can be clipped to the baby shirt or a bag or strap thus making sure the pacifiers don’t get lost or forgotten at home. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends a one-piece pacifier, where the nipple, mouth guard, and handle are all carved out of a single piece of plastic.

There is usually an ongoing debate on the usefulness of pacifiers. Some parents swear by them and some parents prefer not to use them at all. Let’s discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of using pacifiers for babies below:

Advantages of Pacifiers

Pacifiers Help Reduce the Possibility of SIDS

Sudden Infant Death Syndrom which is also known as SIDS is when a healthy baby dies suddenly and unexpectedly. There are different things that can cause SIDS to happen such as the baby suffocating due to excess bedding or if the baby falls asleep in an incorrect position. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has stated that a baby that falls asleep right after being given a pacifier is less likely to fall prey to SIDS.


Pacifiers Help Distract Babies and Provide Comfort to Them

The sucking reflexes of the baby with the pacifier provides a soothing reflex to the baby which helps distract the baby from doing other things such as crying, being fussy, or even being uncomfortable. This is especially useful when you are trying to distract the baby while you do other things like take them to a doctors appointment or give them their immunization. Giving the baby a pacifier will greatly improve their ability to cope with the situation.

The stimulation of the sucking reflex of the pacifier helps distract the baby from the ongoing discomfort or pain and even causes some relief of the pain. Another way a pacifier can help distract a baby is during air travel. The cabin pressure and changes in pressure during a flight can be a source of great discomfort to a baby which can lead to them crying the whole time. The pacifier thus serves as a source of comfort to the baby by keeping their mouths engaged and distracting them from being confused about their surroundings. The sucking reflex also helps normalize the air pressure and sensation of the baby’s ear.

Disadvantages of Pacifiers

Just as there are parents who swear by pacifiers and their usefulness, there are some people who prefer not to use them and they site the following disadvantages as to why.

Pacifiers Interfere with Breastfeeding

When a baby starts to use a pacifier really early (like within the first month) it could lead to the bay not being able to tell the difference between the pacifier and the mother’s breasts. This is commonly called Nipple Confusion. This leads to the infant being breastfed less often than infants who don’t use pacifiers. Most mothers use breastfeeding to soothe their infants and get them to fall asleep. If they use a pacifier instead this means less breastfeeding time and even less bonding opportunity with baby and mother.

Pacifiers can Cause Ear Infection

When a baby uses a pacifier that’s dirty or not properly cleaned, bacteria can transfer from the baby’s mouth to the baby’s ear which could lead to the baby having an ear infection. Babies have weak immune systems and as such are more susceptible to catching infections and a dirty pacifier can lead to this happening.

Pacifiers can Cause Bad Oral Health

When a baby has been using a pacifier for a long time, it can start to adversely affect the dentition of the baby. Pacifiers can lead to a misalignment of the baby’s teeth. If the baby always has the pacifier in their mouth then it can disrupt new teeth that’s growing thus causing the teeth to either not grow out fully, or to grow out but in a different direction. In addition, when a baby uses a pacifier that’s flavored then they have a higher risk of having dental or oral infections.

Maintenance and Care of Pacifiers

Pacifiers are meant to be in a baby’s mouth most of the time and so it is important that they re always kept clean and sterilized. For smaller babies under six months, their pacifiers should always be sterilized before the baby uses it. After six months when the baby has a stronger immune system, then the pacifiers can be washed only before the baby uses it.

But they should still be sterilized from time to time. Parents should make sure there is no liquid in the pacifier right before the baby uses it because then the baby runs the risk of sucking in, and ingesting that liquid which could be dirty water, soapy water etc. So not good.

Pacifiers should be checked regularly for damages or damaged parts and replaced immediately if any such damages are noticed. The parent should make sure there are no loose bits of the pacifiers that could fall off and present a choking hazard. This is why The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends a one-piece pacifier, where the nipple, mouth guard, and handle are all carved out of a single piece of plastic as this takes away the possibility of there being any lose bits which can present as a choking hazard.

A Leather Pacifier Clip will help keep the baby’s pacifier in place and reduce the chance of you or the baby dropping it to the ground and possibly picking up an infection.