Good evening, this morning I bought a pacifier for my 2 month old baby. Earlier, because I was in a hurry, I didn’t boil the pacifier for 5 minutes but it was just soaked in hot water and my child was already smothered in it. Is that okay?
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Using a pacifier is often used as a solution to soothe a baby when the caregiver (whether mother, father, or other caregiver) is tired or has to do other activities. During infancy until the age of 2-3 years, babies will feel comfortable when they suck or put something in their mouth. This condition is common as part of the oral phase of psychosexual development.
However, you need to know that the use of a pacifier is still controversial in the medical realm. Some sources suggest that overuse of a pacifier can cause:
Dependent babies, so they tend to be more fussy when not pacified
Disorders of the growth of the lips, teeth, gums and jaw
Babies are prone to bloating, due to the large amount of gas that enters their digestion
Babies are prone to gastrointestinal tract disorders, including due to infection, for example because the pacifier used is not cleaned properly, and so on
The action you take, namely simply soaking the used pacifier without sterilizing it properly risks causing your child to develop an infection due to the entry of harmful microorganisms into the digestive tract. This infection can be characterized by colic, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In general, if none of the signs of infection are present in your child, it is likely that your child is in good health. However, if there are signs of infection as mentioned above, you should not delay checking your child to a doctor or pediatrician.
Our advice, to minimize the risk of a recurrence of similar events, slowly reduce the use of a pacifier. It can't be instant. Babies can initially become more fussy when forced to separate from the pacifier which has been making them comfortable. However, you can distract your baby by breastfeeding him, playing him with him, or singing a comfortable hum. In this way, slowly but surely, the child's dependence on a pacifier can be overcome.
I hope this helps.
dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah