Health Tip: Keep Baby Safe With a Pacifier
(HealthDay News) -- A pacifier is a relatively safe device for
babies, but it should still be used properly to avoid potential
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions for
- Never offer your baby the nipple and top from a baby bottle in
place of a pacifier, as it poses a choking hazard.
- Buy pacifiers that can't be separated or disassembled. Solid
plastic pacifiers are especially safe choices.
- The widest part of the pacifier should be at least 1 1/2 inches
wide so it can't fit in baby's mouth. It also should have
- Don't tie your baby's pacifier to the baby or the infant's
- Examine pacifiers regularly to see if the rubber is
deteriorating, tearing or changing color. Replace when it shows
signs of wear.
- Don't use a pacifier designed for a younger baby, who has a
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