Stopping pacifier usage
Q. When should my child stop using a pacifier?
A. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends stopping pacifier usage around 12 months since it has shown some correlation with middle ear infections. This is also recommended by Speech-Language Pathologists to prevent complications from prolonged use such as dental malocclusion, otitis media, tongue thrusting and frontal lisps. It’s recommended to just go “cold turkey” to stop the pacifier usage. There might be a few rough days, but then it is DONE. A visit from the “Paci Fairy” could take them away or children can wrap them up to deliver to a baby or hospital where babies can use them. Wink, Wink! An alternate soother like a stuffed animal could replace the pacifier. It’s a tough part of growing up, but essential to development.
Meredith Sorokwasz, MA, CCC-SLP \ Speech-Language Pathologist and Owner Let’s Talk Speech Therapy / www.letstalkdallas.com