Sucking Saves Lives!

Sucking Saves Lives!

Are you a sucker for the pacifier every time you have to contend with a wailing infant? Well, don’t feel bad. Now there is overwhelming evidence to suggest that the dummy dos definitely outweigh the dummy don’ts.
All infants are born with a sucking reflex. This is their favorite pastime and they spend the larger part of the day sucking away on digits and dummies. There has been some contention, in the past, as to how healthy it is for infants to suck on dummies. Can they distort tooth development? Do they interfere with breastfeeding technique?
It’s not hard to see that dummies can become pretty germ-infested after a while. They fall on the ground at the most inconvenient moments, when there is nowhere in sight to boil them up. Many people stick them in their mouths to clean them. But is this such a good idea when this is one of the most bacteria-infested places on your body?
The bacteria on dummies can give infants ear infections, colds and sinus problems. Not to mention tummy upsets. So be vigilant about boiling dummies daily. At least ten minutes, in a saucepan specifically set aside for your babies sterilising needs, is recommended.
There are a myriad of dummies to choose from. Orthodontic dummies don’t impinge on tooth formation. Teething dummies can be loaded up with Bonjella to sooth those cutting teeth. Your infant is bound to have an affinity with one of the many kinds available.
Contrary to all the negatives associated with dummies, there is one astounding positive: recent studies have affirmed that dummy sucking reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. This is the mysterious syndrome that offers no clue as to the reason for the sudden death of infants under the age of twelve months. It occurs during sleep and may result from a disruption to the infants’ breathing patterns. A small study has suggested that kids who do suck dummies at bedtime are less inclined to suffer SIDS.
Evidence also suggests that dummy sucking may help develop pathways in the brain responsible for airway control in the upper respiratory system. Whatever the reason, experts are now campaigning parents to keep their infants dummy sucking until the age of twelve months.
But at the end of the day, your baby will probably let you know when it’s time to give up the habit.
And you can’t argue with that!

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