My son used a Pacifier without incident from birth to age 2. Without his binky, he was an inconsolable mess. I can honestly say I don’t know how we would have made it through without a little help from those trusty pacifiers.
So this scary story hits especially close to home. Recently, a Sanford, NC, mom reported not one but two incidents of her baby boy choking on his pacifier.
“He was about 2 months old,” said the mom. “He was gurgling and I ran in the room and I found the pacifier had broken off – it was lodged in his throat and he was turning colors.”
Thankfully, the mom was able to dislodge the nipple by doing the Heimlich maneuver on her son.
She then called the company – MAM – who apologized and sent a package with new pacifiers. Two months later, it was the same terrible story.
“Had the scare of my life twice and now I’m not going to use them anymore,” she said.
Personally, once would have been enough for me to decide never to use that particular brand of pacifier again, and to be scared out of my mind to use any other pacifiers, for that matter.
Plus, it turns out that this is not an isolated incident.
ABC11 found 10 reports made to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission concerning the choking hazard of MAM pacifiers.
Parents, if your baby is using any brand of pacifier, make sure you do the following:
- Inspect the pacifier before each use.
- Make sure the age recommendation for the pacifier matches the age of your baby.
- Inspect the pacifier for wear and tear, and replace worn pacifiers.
- Replace pacifiers every 1-2 months.
- Perform the pull test – grab the nipple of the pacifier and make sure it’s not broken or torn.
- Wash the pacifier often in water, but don’t use soap or harsh cleaning products.
- Check for recalled pacifiers or those with reports of harm at SaferProducts.gov.
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