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20 August 2007

Dummies damaging after age 2

Toddlers who have reached the age of two should be weaned off their dummies, according to an article published in the Hamburg-based magazine, Junge Familie.

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Toddlers who have reached the age of two should be weaned off their dummies, according to an article published in the Hamburg-based magazine, Junge Familie.

Continuing to use the dummy can lead to problems with the child's teeth or speech.

Frequent breathing through the mouth can also lead to ear infections.

Dummies can also increase the rate of tooth decay as sucking dries out the inside of the mouth, reducing the saliva level that helps prevent cavities forming.

Parents can make it easier for their child to forget their dummies by calling on the services of the "Dummy Fairy." Every night the good Dummy Fairy pays a visit and replaces the pacifier with a small gift.

Another method is to puncture the pacifier with a small needle. It then loses air gradually and as a result becomes less attractive for the child.

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