Which is better thumb sucking or a pacifier?

Just For Kids Dental

From reading the research, it appears one can conclude that if the parents have a choice between thumb sucking and pacifier use – choose the pacifier. According to the dentists at Just for Kids Dental, a pacifier is their choice as well.

Pros to Pacifier Use:

  • Protection against SIDS
  • Helps babies learn to self-soothe
  • It satisfies the suck reflex
  • Easier weaning

Cons to Pacifier Use:

  • May lead to as many as 40% more ear infections
  • Nipple confusion if given to a newborn too young
  • Parent may accidently give pacifier when baby is crying for nutrition
  • Delayed Speech
  • Misaligned Teeth
  • Some claim that Bisphenol-A (BPA) can cause health concerns but the FDA has no negative findings or warnings and has determined BPA to be safe. Read about it here:Bisphenol A (BPA) Information for Parents

Pros to Thumbsucking:

  • It’s always available
  • Much easier to teach children to pacify themselves


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