A pacifier can soothe a crying baby or child in an instant, which is a huge help for both the child and the caregiver. But, a pacifier can also be a major choking hazard.
- Never tie or hang a pacifier or any other object around the neck of a baby or a young child. This can result in strangulation.
- Pacifiers should be replaced at least every two months rather than waiting for signs of breakdown.
- Inspect pacifiers daily:
- Check the nipple for changes in texture, tears, or holes. These can appear with age or exposure to heat, certain foods, or sunlight.
- Check that the nipple and any ring or handle remains firmly attached when it is pulled upon forcefully.
- Any pacifier displaying signs of breakdown should be thrown out right away because the broken or loose pieces are choking hazards.
- A teething ring is a safer alternative for a baby who is chewing on a pacifier.
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General information about the safe use of children's products: