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What’s the problem?
July 28, 2010 – Last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) announced a voluntary recall of about 44,900 Kariño baby pacifiers distributed by Antonio Flores of San Ysidro, California.
Reports state the pacifiers fail to meet federal safety standards. The nipple can separate from the base easily, the pacifier handle is too long, the mouth guard is too small, and there are no ventilation holes on the mouth guard. Additionally, the pacifiers could pose a choking and aspiration hazard to young children.
The pacifiers have a ring-shaped handle and a round-shaped mouthguard. “Kariño” is printed on the handle side of the mouth guard, and “Mygra” is printed on one side of the handle. The nipple is filled with corn syrup.
Products affected by this recall were sold at independent grocery stores in California and Texas from October 2009 through March 2010.
Recommendations for the Use of Pacifiers
A multi-study analysis published in the Journal of Pediatrics & Child Health [1.] looked at the available evidence to provide recommendations about the use of pacifiers in healthy term infants and children.
“Due to the lack of strong evidence, either for or against the use of pacifiers, selective use and safe use cannot be overemphasized to those who choose them,” the authors concluded. “Paediatricians and other child health care providers must be vigilant in advising parents on the appropriateness of pacifier use (see parent handout) and be aware of the available evidence to date to support this advice.”
Studies have linked pacifier use to otitis media, early weaning, and dental problems; however, the researchers also found evidence indicating that pacifier use may be protective against SIDS, which is significantly consequential.
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