Question by  ls (26)

Does a pacifier cause a speech delay in toddlers?


Answer by  AidansMomma (106)

A pacifier can cause a speech delay in toddlers if the child almost constantly has one in his/her mouth. With little opportunity to speak, a child will not learn how to move the mouth and tongue to form words or sounds, and this can absolutely cause a delay in speech.


Answer by  mama86 (245)

No, the use of a pacifier does not cause speech delays in toddlers. All toddlers learn to do things at different times. Just encourage your child to talk and in no time they will be well on their way to talking.


Answer by  MelindaS (1694)

If it is used too often, then a pacifier can probably delay speech in children because they would not be practicing their talking as much. However, my son used a pacifier during nap and bedtimes until he was three, and he is an excellent talker. It probably depends on how often the child uses it, and for how long.


Answer by  katschme (34)

A pacifier may delay speech in a toodler if he/she uses a pacifier a majority of the time. Constent use would prevent the child from practicing speaking.


Answer by  Mary (2095)

This depends on the degree of use by the toddler. Some advocates recommend the use of a pacifier for sleeping as it may help prevent late SIDS in toddlers. If a child uses the pacifier for security throughout the day it will prevent speech practice.


Answer by  Latin4 (11170)

Pacifiers cause many dental problems,if used for a long time. I have never heard that they cause a speech delay.


Answer by  mommyofangel (87)

It can simply because it is in the child's mouth and may inhibit them from talking at will. Toddlers need to be able to practice talking without a pacifier.

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