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Health Tip: Pacifier Safety

Use one-piece soothers only

(HealthDayNews) -- If your baby is hooked on his pacifier, you should follow these safety precautions, according to Boys Town Pediatrics in Omaha.

  • Use only a retail one-piece pacifier. Pacifiers made at home from a bottle nipple can cause choking by becoming lodged in your baby's throat.
  • Don't use a string to keep the pacifier around your infant's neck. It could cause strangulation. Rather, buy a short pacifier clip that attaches to your child's clothing.
  • Rinse the pacifier if it drops to the floor, and each time your baby finishes using it.
  • If the pacifier tears or becomes damaged, discard it.
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