July 1, 2004
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.