My newborn seems to need something to suck on when she’s not eating. Her mouth is in constant motion. Is it OK to give her a pacifier?
Paige Frazer, MD, of CHKD Health System’s Pediatric Specialists, says: “You may give your baby a pacifier to satisfy her normal instinct for sucking. Sucking doesn’t necessarily mean hunger; your baby uses this reflex for security and satisfaction. Most infants will give up the pacifier during the early months of life. Any pacifier you give your child should be made from a single piece of rubber and have no parts that could loosen or get stuck in the baby’s throat. Never tie the pacifier or any other object on a cord around the baby’s neck. A cord could become entangled or even strangle your baby.”
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