Health Tip: Buying a Pacifier

Make sure it's the right size

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(HealthDay News) -- When it's time to buy your infant a pacifier, it's important to get the right one.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents look for a model that has a soft nipple and is the correct size for the baby, depending on age. The shield should be plastic and at least 1 1/4 inches across so baby can't fit the entire pacifier in his mouth.

The pacifier should also be dishwasher safe. Before using it, parents should boil or run it through the dishwasher. These methods are recommended until the baby is 6 months old to reduce germs. Parents should keep extras on hand and replace them when worn.

Parents are discouraged from tying the pacifier around the baby's neck, hand or crib. Also, never use a nipple from a baby bottle as a pacifier because it may pose a choking hazard.

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