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Babies Encyclopedia: Does a pacifier really reduce the risk of SIDS? How?

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Asked by CafeMom Team at 11:33 AM on Sep. 10, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Yes. It reminds them to breath and helps then to not fall so deep asleep that they don't breathe.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 11:39 AM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Yes it does as it keeps the baby from going into too deep of a sleep to the point that they can not wake from it. It also soothes the baby and allows them the natural pleasure of the sucking motion which helps them to relax and stay less stressed. Other ways to reduce SIDs are to run a fan in the room so that the noise will be relaxing to the baby and keep the baby from falling too deep into their sleep cycle.

    Answer by Memigen at 11:40 AM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Yes it does, that's is why I used it lol, I was so paranoid about SIDS. It is supposed to remind them to breath so if they have a pacifier in their mouth it reminds them do suck in which also means breath.


    Answer by cynprz at 12:47 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • "ScienceDaily (Mar. 13, 2007) — The risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the third leading cause of infant death, may be lowered through the use of a pacifier. According to an article in Nursing for Women’s Health, neonatal health care practitioners should counsel new parents on the potential benefits of using a pacifier."


    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 2:00 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • "Babies who are offered a pacifier do not sleep as deeply as those who sleep without a pacifier. Pacifier sucking makes it possible for the infant to be aroused from a deep sleep that could result in the stopping of breathing. Pacifiers also increase sucking satisfaction and provide a source of comfort to infants," said Soxman.

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    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 2:01 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

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