The Pros and Cons of Pacifiers
To use a pacifier or to not use a pacifier? Some parents don’t have to make this choice; their baby just won’t take a pacifier. Other parents need to weigh the pros and cons of pacifier use, and then decide whether or not to introduce them.
There are two main cons in regards to pacifiers. The first one is pacifier addiction. “Addiction” may sound like a harsh word, but it’s fairly accurate. It is hard for children to give up one of the first, if not the first, soothing methods they learn. This leads to the second con—many pediatricians agree that a child using a pacifier over two years of age may experience problems with the alignment of their teeth, and children over three may experience crooked permanent teeth. That is unpleasant and expensive.
Another minor con of using pacifiers, is that they often fall to the floor and get dirty. This is mostly just annoying. Also, babies who use a pacifier at night, may become startled and upset to find that it came out of their mouth, especially if they can’t find it again.