Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Using Dummies, Pacifiers

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Use of dummies:

Research suggests that it’s best to avoid dummies in the first weeks after birth. That’s because they’re associated with a shorter duration of exclusive breastfeeding. For breastfeeding babies. Dummies may be introduced after the lactation is fully established i-e 4-6 weeks after birth,

However, in bottle-fed babies, dummies may be introduced anytime after birth. Keeping dummies clean and germ-free is also of crucial importance.

To keep a dummy clean and germ-free, it is important to follow a few simple steps:

  1. Wash the dummy with warm, soapy water before each use. Use a mild, unscented soap and make sure to rinse the dummy thoroughly to remove any soap residue.
  2. Sterilize the dummy by boiling it in water for 5-10 minutes. This is especially important in the first few months of a baby’s life when their immune system is still developing.
  3. Avoid sharing dummies with other children, as this can spread germs and increase the risk of infection.
  4. If the dummy falls on the ground, please discard it and use a new one until it is adequately sterilised.
  5. Regularly replace old or damaged dummies, as they can harbour bacteria and may not be as effective at soothing the baby.
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