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The baby pacifier: for or against?

Feeding, thumb, pacifier , pacifier, baby bottle, ... the suction phenomenon is essential in newborns. Today in France, it is estimated that nearly 70% of children would use a pacifier regularly.

Indeed, the pacifier soothes, calms the tears and comforts. But parents sometimes abuse it without being wary of the inconvenience this entails.

Here are some information on the pacifier (or lollipop), as well as tips for choosing it.

Benefits of the baby pacifier

1) A calming effect:

The first few months, baby cries a lot. And sometimes parents have trouble accepting their screams or yells. In this context, if giving a pacifier, baby is calmer, parents will be less stressed, and the quality of the parent-child relationship will be preserved. The sucking of a pacifier would even have a small analgesic effect (against pain). For this purpose, a pacifier can even be used by caregivers.

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2) The need for suction:

A baby physiologically needs to suck since it brings him relaxation, soothing and pleasure. The pacifier, such as breastfeeding or thumb, are good ways to calm the eventual stress or nervousness of baby.

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3) Quality of sleep:

The pacifier facilitates the acquisition of rhythms and self-appeasing. The "sucking" babies would be able earlier than the others to go back to sleep at night and to space their nocturnal meals.

In addition, studies have shown that the sleeping nipple reduces the risk of sudden death. This effect is still to be proven with certainty, and the reasons have not really been identified ... Note that we still know very little about the pathophysiology of sudden infant death.

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