Soother . Also known as a “pacifier,” “chupeta,” “tete,” “bobo,” or “pipo” is a rubber or plastic nipple that is given to babies and young children to suck on.

The word Pacifier in English means Pacifier, or pacifier, known in Cuba as teto, which calms and calms. It is precisely for this purpose that most parents begin to introduce the pacifier to the daily life of babies. What cannot be ignored is that every artificial process that is introduced to modify children’s behavior has advantages and disadvantages, being necessary to know them before making the decision to use it.

Pacifiers are not usually necessary in the first days of life, since the minor spends most of the time sleeping or sucking, thus satisfying his sucking needs.


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  • 1 Design
  • 2 Using the pacifier
  • 3 Pacifier safety and hygiene
  • 4 Source


The pacifier designs are basically similar, but there are some that are made of a single material, and therefore of a single piece; while others are made of two or more materials and their design is based on the association of two or more pieces. The most important reason for the one-piece pacifier design is to prevent the sucking part from detaching from its support and reaching the baby’s windpipe, due to the risk that this implies.

Use of the pacifier

The suitability of using a pacifier in babies is widely discussed. However, a higher percentage of parents who choose to use it with their children still prevails .

The reason for being scientifically proven that babies develop the sucking reflex from inside the mother’s womb and this being an act that will later allow them to feed in the first years of life, makes many consider their use useful, since otherwise shape is common to see creatures sucking on their thumb. Therefore in its first year (estimated) it is usually a solution to calm anxiety and other discomforts that can affect the baby, as well as anxieties that are usually relativized by the sensation produced in the child by the simulated effect of replacing the mother’s breast.

Specialists advise that its use is not extended for much longer than the aforementioned, due to all the complications that its use can bring -in excess- to future dental formation, the appearance of sores on the mucosa of the mouth and palate , the inverted bite, etc.

There is also a risk of contamination with pathogenic bacteria that can cause illness in babies, including Salmonella and staphylococci .

Pacifier safety and hygiene

  • Regulatory pacifiers are one-piece, have a base large enough to prevent all of the pacifier from entering the child’s mouth, and have a ring or handle that allows it to be removed.
  • Necklaces can cause fatal injuries, so the pacifier should never hang on the baby’s neck, wrist, or crib, or attach to your clothes with safety pins.
  • The bottlepacifier should not be used as a pacifier, as a very vigorous suction could make it come out through the retaining ring and suffocate the child.
  • When the rubberis worn by use, it can release substances capable of causing allergic problems, so it is advisable to renew the pacifier.
  • During the first months, it is very prudent to sterilize or boil it once a day.
  • The pacifier should not be imbibed with sugar, honey or condensed milk , nor do you wet it with sugar water. Even if they don’t have teeth yet, this habit can lead to a form of tooth decay


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