August 12, 2017 17:51 | Problems Of Infancy

pacifier helps at colic and warns habit of sucking finger.Pacifier - is "blind" nipple (without hole), attached to a plastic ring which is pressed against the lips of the child.The baby can suck vigorously, and the ring prevents him from fully retract the nipple in his mouth.

Previously pacifier widely used when the baby was suffering from colic or just crying a lot.But in the first half of the 20th century, when the so-emphasized the need for cleanliness and correct habits, pacifiers were considered unhygienic and harmful.However, many parents believe in them again in recent years, and doctors began to recommend pacifiers in the treatment of colic and to prevent sucking fingers.But there are doctors and parents who still do not approve of a pacifier.

Parents and doctors have noticed that very few children who are in the first months were given a pacifier, start to suck his fingers.On the other hand, many children are accustomed to the pacifier, require it and after a year, and some even up to

three years.Some parents believe that habit the same unpleasant, sucking fingers, or even worse.It is a matter of personal taste.However, the dummy has a clear advantage over thumb sucking.Most of the children who started sucking his fingers in three months, continue to do so until two to three years.They gradually cease between the ages of three and six years.Very few continue after six years.In contrast, many of those who used pacifier, reject it between three and six months, and most do it between one and two years.It's a big difference.

I have a theory that explains why the child is able to give up the pacifier before from the finger.The sucking instinct is strongest up to three or four months.But the majority of children up to three months can not poke a finger in the mouth or keep it there.So when the child finally can do it, he has accumulated a huge unmet need.He missed a lot, and he needs to catch up.A child whose mother after feeding giving a pacifier can suck as he wants and satisfy your instincts in those months when demand is strongest.

But if you kind of disgusted baby pacifier in his mouth, do not give it, or you will be annoyed themselves and irritate the baby.If you believe your child needs a pacifier, and you only worried about the attitude of neighbors and relatives, tell the neighbors that this is a very modern practice (or tell them that it your child).

How to use the pacifier. If you use a pacifier as a remedy for colic, of course, let it only during the hours when the child is suffering from pain.In most cases of colic cease to three months.

How to use a pacifier to prevent thumb-sucking?First of all, many children - approximately 50 percent - never suck their thumbs or do so only occasionally and briefly.These children have nothing to prevent, and there is no need to give them a pacifier (if they are no gas).On the other hand, the decision you have taken on the grounds that the child is trying to do, not just what he does.If it is after a meal try to stick his finger in his mouth, and when it fails, it starts to suck, it makes sense to think about the pacifier.

At what age to start? If a child in the first weeks or months already accustomed to sucking her thumb, it is likely that he would give up pacifiers.He used to enjoy the sensation not only in the mouth but also in the finger.So if you are going to use a pacifier, start in the first week of life.

What time of day?It is logical to give a pacifier when the child seeks his mouth and tries to suck the fingers, wrists, clothes and everything they dotyanet.In the first months of the child generally sleeps;he is awake just before feeding, and immediately afterwards;therefore, it is the appropriate time.But if he sleeps between feedings, I would give him a pacifier and then.The idea is that in the first three months of giving the pacifier is not occasional, and as often as possible, so that he satisfied his desire, and then could easily refuse.

I believe that the best time to take a pacifier when the child begins to doze off, if he does not mind, or immediately after fall asleep.This is for two reasons.A child who gets used during sleep to keep a pacifier in his mouth, and wakes up crying as soon as it falls, requiring her back.It has dozens of times during the night can happen - especially when the child, who was sleeping on his back before, learn to roll over on his stomach - and become an ordeal for the parents.Another reason why it is not desirable to teach a child to fall asleep with a pacifier in his mouth, that he forgot how to fall asleep after a few months without it, no matter how tired.This can delay the complete rejection of pacifiers or bottles with dummy for many months.

Weaning from the pacifier. When a child refuses the pacifier?Many mothers who use it, report that between the ages of three and six months babies are showing a greater reluctance to take a pacifier.Some even spit it and do not take more into his mouth.And during this time the pacifier is very easy to eliminate permanently.I advise parents who saw the fall of interest in the pacifier, use this and get rid of the pacifier if the baby does not mind.I do not want to say that it is necessary to remove the first day, when the child begins to suck her less.So he quickly outgrows his need.But I would follow him and would limit gradually, first in one, then

at other times of the day, when he sucks the pacifier less.If you find that I hurried to the child and anxiously looking for a pacifier, I would return it to him for a day or two.On the other hand, do not hesitate when it is possible to use it readily.

Although most children ready to give up the pacifier in the three, four and five months of age, there are some children who agree to do so only in the second half of the first year, and those who refuse to pas the second year, and finally, very few clingfor the pacifier and the third year of life.If your child does not want to give up the pacifier, whether to insist?I think it is unwise to select power to refuse to give or to pretend that it was lost when he asks for the pacifier.This angered the child.In other words, the child must be helped to quit, but can not do it so that he suffered.

precautions when using a pacifier. If the child has grown up and you hesitate to appear with him in public places, if he sucks a pacifier, try from the start to accustom him to the fact that the dummy is given only at home.

If your child is already used to suck a pacifier during sleep, for constantly losing her, put two or three nipples in his bed so that he could find them.

In any case, you should have a few dummies to a child and you are not fussed if one breaks or gets lost.

You must take care of one more precaution.When a child grows some teeth, he is able to tear off the old dummy from plastic ring and chewed it to pieces.And these pieces easily choke.Therefore, once the dummy is too soft or brittle, buy new ones.

Some pacifiers too long for a newborn nipple.This pacifier rests on the throat, and the child choking.If so, find the nipple shorter.