FROM NBC: Kids who suck their thumbs or use a pacifier for more than three years may end up with speech problems. The new study is based on observations of 128 preschoolers in Chile. researchers there say those who used the paci or sucked their thumbs past their third birthday were three times more likely to have a speech disorder. While the pacifier can be beneficial by reducing the risk for SIDS in young infants, many pediatricians recommend weaning after age one.
I have to say from experience it is not easy to take away a pacifier at one year old. I don't wish that on anyone. My new baby is taking the Binkie sometimes. I am hoping he doesn't get addicted! I try not to give it to him that often.
Here's a story we ran last year about the effects of pacifier sucking! It can be bad!
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