I should of used a dummy with my children, they all found their thumbs and it's causing so many problems with speech, teeth and refusing to take the thumbs out of their mouths. I can't chop them off but at least I can take the dummy off them. Or at least wean them off it
My son and daughter both had dummies right up untill they were 3 and half..they both had slight lisps and teeth that arched up (front top teeth) however i asked the dentist whos said to me they would much rather them have a dummy than suck there thumb as at some point they will give up their dummies but a thumb isnt something you can take away, im not having a go at thumb suckers btw...lol anyways... my 2 kids are now almost 13 and 15 have perfect speech and teeth no braces needed etc.... this is just my experiace, to add my eldest son wasnt interested in a dummy at all so never had one. This baby has some dummies waiting and i shall let him have them if he shows a interest, they can be a god send :O) xx
My SIL was telling me today they can cause problems with teeth and speech??
just had 2 reply 2 this, my daughter is 2 and she had a dummy from a newborn until about a month ago. i didnt give it 2 her all the time, mainly just for sleeps or if she was upset. it didnt effect her in any way. she has lovely teeth and her speech is unreal for her age. she she say anything and pronounce every word clear, never mind sing the whole alphabet and she knows every nursery rhyme going word for word.
so i would always argue that dummys dont effect children when used the right way and not shoved in thier mouth every second.
im due my 2nd baby in 4 weeks and il prob use a dummy again if baby wants it
If dummies are used correctly then they are very effective and also reduce the risk of SIDS. My first son had a dummy, his speech is great, we never had a battle to get it off him and at his last dentist check up the dentist said his teeth were fine. I think if yur silly with it and shove a dummy in their mouth at te drop of a hat or leave them with one until they are too old then yes they will have problems. But used sensibly they can be a godsend. Having said that your baby may not like them, some babies don't x
I wish my baby girl used a dummy - she was a reflux baby and dummies help with it, but she point blank refused. She found her thumb at around 3 months and she's 17 months now. She only sucks her thumb at bedtime, or when she is bored or watching tele. It doesn't interfere with anything that I have noticed. All the advice I have gotten is that they all grow out of it, and if not there is lots of ways to help wean them off it including books, going to school etc.
Excessive and inappropriate use of soothers can cause speech delays and orthodontic problems. Controlled use of dummies can reduce the risk of SIDs, prevent thumb sucking and avoid the pressure of comfort suckling on mummies. Non-dummy use could increase chances of having a thumb sucker with orthodontic issues, colic and unnecessarily stressed parents whilst baby learns to self soothe.
As to most things in parenting there are pros and cons to all options; the beginning of parenting is always wondering if you're making the right decisions. I have a degree in early years and will be offering my LO a soother at sleep times just like I did my DS. I will be using orthodontic ones that replicate the boob to try and reduce teeth problems and nipple confusion. The main problems that are seen in nurseries is when children still have them at 2/3 or even starting school at 4 and have them in all the time. This can cause problems with teeth and speech and even emotional development as children do not learn to express themselves and their needs through talk.
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