A dummy is often given to a baby or toddler to suck on so they feel comforted and stop crying. Dummies are normally made of rubber or silicone and their use can be a controversial topic among health professionals and parents and carers.
Dummies can help babies to settle down and sleep. Some studies show that dummies can establish a good sucking pattern in babies, especially those who are premature. However, there a number of disadvantages, most of which impact on a child’s speech and language development. Dummies can also cause middle ear infections and dental problems.
Dummies decline in effectiveness after the baby is about 6 months old. It’s recommended that you: