How do I get my child to stop using a pacifier
Most children stop using a pacifier by age 3 or
4. As long as the habit is discontinued by time their
permanent teeth come in (around age 4-5), your child will
be fine. If, however, they continue this habit as their
permanent teeth come in, it is best to help your child
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- Often, simply explaining to your child the
bad things (deformed teeth, deformed jaw) that can
happen if they continue to use the pacifier will go a
long way to getting them to stop.
- You should not give negative reinforcement or punish a
child for using a pacifier, as this can cause the child to
further embrace the habit.
- Gradually wean your child. First start by not allowing
them to use a pacifier during certain hours of the day.
Gradually reduce the number of hours they are allowed to
use their pacifier.
- Pacifier use is often a security mechanism. Consider
giving them a teddy bear, a blanket, or lots of hugs to, in
effect, replace the pacifier.