Parenting tips for children with dummies
THE use of dummies has become quite a divisive issue in some circles with a number of parents vehemently opposed, but other parents quite happy to have their child use them.
It really is a personal choice for parents and at this stage clinicians and child health experts don’t have a universal opinion on whether dummies are “good” or “bad”.
What we can discuss is both the positives and negatives around the use of dummies so parents can make an informed choice.
So let’s jump in and examine the issue.
SO WHAT’S THE ARGUMENT FOR OR AGAINST THE USE OF DUMMIES?
For people who oppose the use of dummies, they will cite concerns around long-term development or health issues. Many of those arguments will be based on hearsay or flimsy evidence, so don’t rely on Doctor Google.
That said, there are some issues you should be aware of. For example, there are studies that have shown that dummy use is linked to higher rates of middle ear infections.
Also, dummy use in older toddlers has been linked to dental problems later in childhood such as teeth growing out of place.
In counterbalance, there are some health benefits to dummies, including the reduced risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) when babies use dummies during sleeping or napping.
HOW ABOUT GENERAL PEACE OF MIND?
On top of health and development considerations, parents may also need to consider other factors that impact on the peace of the home environment.
Babies who use dummies can become very upset when they’re lost or misplaced, become reliant on them to get to sleep and if they aren’t old enough to put their dummy back in they can become upset when they fall out at night.