What you need to know
Dummies can be a life saver when baby is tired, upset or ill but...
Always try to find out why a child is upset and use the dummy as a last resort.
Dummies are not recommended after 6 months and certainly shouldn’t be needed beyond 12 months.
- Overuse of dummies can lead to difficulties with speech.
- They can change the position of the teeth and obstruct tongue movements which makes sounds difficult to say.
- Dummies inhibit talking — remember babies need lots of babbling practice before they will learn to use words
Don’t encourage speaking with a dummy in the mouth.
Don‘t dip the dummy in sugar!
You can call our Advice Line for more information
Thursdays between 10am and 12noon
East Fife: 01592 717569
West Fife: 01592 645234
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You can also find health related information on many topics in an Easy Read format on nhsinform.scot.