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Using a Pacifier for SleepX - DO NOT USE

Consider offering a pacifier at nap time and bedtime. Studies have reported a protective effect of pacifiers on the incidence of SIDS. The protective effect of the pacifier is observed even if the pacifier falls out of the infant's mouth. For breastfed infants, pacifier introduction should be delayed until breastfeeding is firmly established.

The pacifier should be used when placing the infant for sleep. It does not need to be reinserted once the infant falls asleep. If the infant refuses the pacifier, he or she should not be forced to take it. In those cases, parents and caregivers can try to offer the pacifier again when the infant is a little older.

Because of the risk of strangulation, pacifiers should not be hung around the infant's neck or attached to infant clothing when used with sleeping infants. Pacifiers should be cleaned often and replaced regularly.

Reference: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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