Pacifiers Raise Risk Of Speech Difficulties By Three Folds

According to latest research those toddlers using dummies or pacifiers are three times more prone to suffering from speech problems as they grow up.

Researchers have discovered that pre-schoolers that used a dummy for no less than 3 years are more prone to having talking impediments than kids that didn’t make use of them.

The study also uncovered that those children who habitually sucked their thumbs were also at an increased risk of deferred speech development.

Though the findings are still in their initial stages, they add to the mounting proof that parents that handed out pacifiers to their tots as a means of getting some peace and silence are doing so at the cost of their kid’s development.

baby pacifiersThe scientists from America and Chile during the course of their study observed the history of 128 infants in the ages of 3-5 that did thumb/finger sucking, breastfed and used dummies. Linguistic testing methods were also employed to check if the infant’s speech was deemed normal at par with their age – or if they exhibited an abnormally low ‘speaking age’ in case of pronunciation of sounds and words.

The research team helmed by Dr. Clarita Barbosa from the University of Washington noted that those kids that finger or thumb sucked or used pacifiers for at least 3 years, raised their chances of developing speech impediments by three folds.

However, those children who were breastfed till they were at least 9 months of ages – and hence not given bottle feed – were observed to be less prone to having speech problems.

Dr. Barbosa stated that the outcome of the study revealed that sucking that was not done due to breastfeeding might lead to serious effects on speech development among young kids. She cautiously pointed out that further study that would involve a bigger populace was needed. She stated that this study offers further proof of the advantages of extended periods of breastfeeding in babies, though this would need to be construed with vigilance as these data are still based on observation.

The study conducted on children based in Chile found that fifty-three of them had used pacifiers while twenty-three of them habitually sucked their thumbs.

There has been long-standing debate among bothered parents over the usage of dummies. Few tots when using dummies experienced immense comfort during times of being ailed with colic. Previous studies have additionally revealed that the use of dummies could cut the risk of cot-related deaths to nearly half.

However, dentists state that the prolonged use leads to teeth deformity, and there are others who suggest that when the dummy is employed during the child’s wakeful hours, tends to stop the kid from being part of everyday tittle –tattle.

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