Busy parents have a lot to worry about these days, but most of them don't think of a child's bottle, pacifier or sippy cup as a potential hazard. They provide nutrition and comfort to millions of children.
But a new study finds that bottles, pacifiers, and sippy cups may pose dangers to kids age 3 and under.
Dr. Deb Lonzer of the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital says, "This study shows that they may not be as safe as we think that they are. And it's a little bit of common sense. If you're learning to walk and you have anything in your hand, whether it's a toy or a sippy cup, you're likely to cause yourself an injury."
Children who fell with one of these items in their mouths suffered from cuts or bruises on their faces and chipped and knocked out teeth. Two-thirds of these accidents occurred among 1-year olds - an age when children are unsteady and prone to falls.
Parents should transition their children to a cup without a lid by age 1. Just make sure your kids don't wander around with anything in their mouths.
"Just have them sit at the table when they're thirsty or give them beverages with meals," says Dr. Lonzer. "They don't have to have a sippy cup with them all of the time. And if they don't have a pacifier in their mouth except for sleep time, it's unlikely they're going to get injured."
Parents should wean their kids off pacifiers and bottles around the time they are learning to walk. If toddlers are no longer using these items when they start moving around, it becomes one less injury parents have to prevent.
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