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Pacifiers are for moms, not babies!

Were an alien from another world to visit us, he would probably send back a report that American babies seem to be born with strange plastic protuberances in their mouths that disappear sometime after the first year or so.

We all knew in times past, of course, that it wasn't good for a kid to suck its thumb-but that forcing him or her to desist might cause horrible and irrevocable emotional damage. We thus blessed the unknown hero who invented the pacifier--and now we have a more advanced model for the worried mom who otherwise sees huge orthodontia bills in her child's future.

Well, you'd better sit down, mom, while we break the news to you. Those bubble-shaped "orthodontically correct" pacifiers are apparently no better than the old-fashioned ones, according to a report in the January-February 1992 issue of Pediatric Dentistry. Pediatric denfists at the Medical College of Georgia examined 95 kids aged 24-59 months. They found that those who used the orthodontic pacifiers showed signs of "buckteeth" and that those who used the ordinary kind were developing "open bite." Both conditions are destined to provide a tidy income for the orthodontist.

The tooth doctors conclude that the little ones would do better if given as little pacifier time as mom can handle-and that also goes for thumb-sucking. We suggest that young moms buy themselves a good set of earplugs (see our recommendation for the E.A.R. Noise Filter in the last issue of Medical Update). Also, you might want to paint your child's fingers with one of those horrible-tasting but harmless substances like "Don't" or "Stopzit." Plus, there's always the good oldfashioned reward system for modifying child behavior.
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Date:Oct 1, 1992
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