image for infant eating article If you have ever observed a full-blown temper tantrum because you have forgotten to bring your child's pacifier, you know how attached kids become to their beloved binkies. Pacifiers may have a thousand names, but their value is the same: they provide comfort to infants and toddlers.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that pacifier use be limited after six months of age reduce the risk ear infections. According to the American Dental Association, pacifier use should be actively discouraged after four year of age, since it can cause dental problems.