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Health Tip: Offering Baby a Pacifier

Guidelines for new parents

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(HealthDay News) -- A pacifier can soothe a baby, satisfying baby's natural instinct to suck.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these guidelines for new parents:

  • It's OK to give baby a pacifier to help soothe, but don't offer it when baby wants to eat.
  • Try several types of pacifiers to see what your baby likes.
  • Babies may not accept a pacifier at first, but try offering it several times. Gently rub the side of baby's mouth and hold the pacifier so baby doesn't spit it out.
  • Don't worry if baby doesn't want a pacifier at all.


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