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Health Tip: Using a Pacifier to Soothe Baby

Make sure the infant really doesn't want to eat instead

(HealthDay News) -- Deciding to offer a pacifier to your baby, then choosing the right one for the child, are important decisions for new parents.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions:

  • Parents should make sure they are not offering a pacifier when baby really needs to be fed.
  • Don't be discouraged if baby is not interested in a pacifier at first. Offer it again and try gently stroking near baby's mouth and holding it in place.
  • Parents can try offering a clean pinkie finger to suck on as a substitute.
  • Some babies may not need a pacifier to calm them and help them sleep.
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