Maybe a pacifier is not the right solution for babies, scientists have found.
Maybe a pacifier is not the right solution for babies, scientists have found
Scientists have found that preschoolers who use a pacifier for at least three years are significantly more likely to have speech difficulties than other children. Those babies who prefer to suck their fingers instead of a pacifier also have speech problems.
While the results of this study are still preliminary, they can be taken as yet another confirmation of the fact that parents who give their children a pacifier "buy" themselves minutes and hours of peace at the expense of the development of their babies. The researchers draw this conclusion based on a study of 128 children who actively leaned on their nipples and their own fingers. The babies were subjected to a special language test to ensure that their language skills were age appropriate.
It turned out that these babies have speech problems three times more often than those who refused nipples at an early age or did not use them at all. The Papists spoke indistinctly, swallowed words, burred, lisped, and exhibited other speech impediments.
Scientists who conducted the study believe that babies should not be given pacifiers after mothers stop breastfeeding. But for this recommendation to be officially confirmed by medical professionals, much more extensive research is required.