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do pacifiers really prevent SIDS?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:38 PM on Aug. 26, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • they can HELP REDUCE the RISK of sids, but not "prevent" it

    Answer by mommy-2-3 at 4:39 PM on Aug. 26, 2009

  • The study that AAP refers to when claiming that was done on crib babies and both formula fed and breastfed.
    It is not the dummy that saves lives, it is the sucking - keeps them alert. If your baby sleeps alone in a separate room for hours straight - then yes, a dummy may save his life. If you are nursing him through the night and keeping him close, then you are doing a much better job of reducing the risk of SIDS than an artificial nipple.

    Answer by go_romanovs at 4:42 PM on Aug. 26, 2009

  • Nothing can "prevent" SIDS. They don't know what causes it, so they can't actually prevent it. The experts THINK it MIGHT help REDUCE the RISK of SIDS.

    SIDS is sudden and instantaneous. If it happens, it happens. A pacifier will not stop it, a fan will not stop it, co sleeping will not stop it, a monitor will not stop it....It just happens, the baby just dies.


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:47 PM on Aug. 26, 2009

  • There is strong evidence that pacifiers may help reduce the risk. Babies are not born "knowing" to breath. Sucking helps keep the breathing motion going. A pacifier is good for this.

    If a doctor believes a child may be at risk for sids, then yes, a monitor can save a baby. I've worked with many babies on monitors b/c either they have a risk factor or a sibling that died of sids. I've seen many alarms go off, and babies given breathing/cpr treatments that saved them.

    If you have a concern, see your pediatrition asap. Don't over-react though. Just inform yourself and speak to some professionals.

    Answer by citymama707 at 4:56 PM on Aug. 26, 2009

  • Those monitors are for apnea, they won't stop SIDS. Apnea and suffocation are NOTHING near SIDS. If a baby has SIDS, they are already dead by the time any monitor goes off.

    That is per NICU, PICU nurses and doctors.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:38 PM on Aug. 26, 2009

  • Yes, it can hel prevent because the pacifier will still let him/her breeth thru there nose if they barry there head

    Answer by soon2bmommy89 at 9:18 PM on Aug. 26, 2009

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