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Prolonged Thumb Sucking In Infants May Lead To Speech Impediments

Using a pacifier for too long may be detrimental to your child's speech. Research published in the open access journal BMC Pediatrics suggests that the use of bottles, pacifiers and other sucking behaviors apart from breast-feeding may increase the risk of subsequent speech disorders in young children.

"These results suggest extended use of sucking outside of breast-feeding may have detrimental effects on speech development in young children,". This finding is particularly relevant, as use of bottles and pacifiers has increased dramatically over the last few decades.

TEETH Care Centre Dental Hospital, Ahmedabad