Parenting tips for children using dummies
WHEN your baby is under six months of age, they’re prone to infections and you want to ensure their dummy isn’t a potential carrier of a range of germs and bugs.
That’s why it’s important to not only wash the dummy, but also sterilise it.
This is similar to sterilising bottles and any toys they may put in their mouth.
As your little one gets older, they’ll become more resistant to infections and you can shift to washing the dummy with soap and water.
This replaces sterilising. Just remember to always squeeze out any remaining liquid in the dummy.
Beyond keeping the dummy clean, you want to keep it well maintained. Make sure you regularly check the dummy to ensure it’s in good shape and isn’t being worn out.
If the dummy has broken or degraded due to wear and tear, then it’s really important to replace it because any loose bits are a choking hazard.
EFFECTIVE DUMMY USE
One of the big issues around dummy use is that they can complicate breastfeeding and confuse your baby.
To make sure this isn’t an issue, it’s best to only offer the dummy when you’re certain your baby isn’t in need of a feed.
If you give them the dummy while they’re hungry, your baby could start searching for the dummy instead of your breast.
If you do have this problem, you need to speak with a lactation consultant or one of our WBHHS child health nurses.
Unfortunately, we still see some parents who dip their baby’s dummy in sweet drinks or food.
Lastly, it’s a good idea to always have a spare dummy on hand because your baby is bound to drop the dummy without you noticing.