Pacifiers Are Okay - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/16/06

Pacifiers Are Okay

Some people call them passy's or binky's. While others just call them nasty. But now, the American Academy of Pediatrics says pacifiers are okay because new research has linked the pacifier to a lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

But here's the bigger surprise, pacifiers are getting an endorsement from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry.

"It is better to suck the pacifier than the thumb because you can get rid of the pacifier," said Dr. William Vann, a Pediatric Dentist, of the University of North Carolina. 

Dr. Vann says thumb-sucking can still lead to tooth trouble and you can't throw away a thumb. However, he is quick to point out that the pacifier is of no value after the first year, that's when the SIDS protection is gone and that's also when the risk increases for ear infections and tooth trouble among toddlers who continue to use a pacifier.

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