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This is a common question I have faced over the years as a dentist. Young parents often have the following concerns:
Should I give a pacifier to my crying child?
For how long can my child use the pacifier?
Will it affect his/her teeth?
Will the affected teeth correct itself?
Will it affect the shape of the jaws?
Pacifiers can be very soothing for a small child, especially a colicky or cranky baby. There are certain benefits of using a pacifier for a small baby if certain guidelines are followed: