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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Dee | 2004/12/23

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Getting Baby off the dummy<br>

My son was colic and cried continously.So for my sanity ,i resorted to a dummy.He is now six months old and i would like to get him off the dummy.Any Suggestions ?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

I hope some of our mothers can provide practical tips, but it is important to try and wean the dummy by 9-12 months at the latest.

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Posted by: Kippie | 2005/01/05

Hi there
I know there are alot of people that are completely against the use of a dummy, bug I have raised 3 children happily with them.
My first was not that keen on a dummy, she used to suck her middle two fingers.
My second daughter sucked her dummy up until way over 2 years!!! She decided on her own not to suck it anymore.
My son, now aged 7 months also sucks a dummy occasionaly.
I believe that if a dummy is comforting for a child, not to put them through extra emotional trauma to let go of it. Not one of my other children have any orthodontic problems.
This is only my view on it, but if my son is happy with his dummy, that's the way it will be!!!

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Posted by: Meagan | 2004/12/23

This might sound a bit drastic, but just take it away - he will be crabby for a few days, missing the dummy, but after that he will have forgotton about it. I took the dummy from my 4 month old baby recently, as it came to a stage where she wouldn't even fall asleep without it. The first 2 days she longed for it, crying everytime she wanted to sleep. I just gave extra love and soothed her until she fell asleep and now she is a smiling dummy-free little one. I know some people might say that babies have a strong sucking reflex and that a dummy is a good thing, well I guess it's personal preference hey?

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