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Sanders, Ryan ISE 370 Term Paper 12/09/08 “The Retracting Pacifier” Ryan Sanders ISE 370 Term Paper 12/04/08
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Sanders, Ryan ISE 370 Term Paper 12/09/08 The modern form of the pacifier was invented in the 20 th century and has maintained a fairly consistent design. The purpose of such a product is to pacify a baby’s need to suck on objects, hence the name pacifier. Infants are born with an intense desire to suck on things. In fact, as fetuses, some are already sucking on their thumbs and many begin to do this almost immediately after birth (Alic). Some mothers can’t, or choose not to breast feed, but customarily, after about a year of breastfeeding combined with pacifier use, the infant is generally then pushed to be content with just the pacifier and so enters the controversial pacifier stage. There has been much debate over this topic as to its long term and short term effects on the child as well as the attachment the infant develops with the item and the difficulty the parents experience in getting rid of the pacifier once the child reaches a certain age. There are many valid arguments both for and against the use of pacifiers, but one thing everyone can agree on, is the separation process of child from pacifier is a trying one and can often cause much distress for all involved. As a result, I have attempted to design a solution to the problem of weaning infants off the pacifier and I believe that babies will become increasingly disinterested in the pacifier if it does not give them the same pleasure they previously received from it. Although the pacifier has always been the source of much frustration, it is accepted as a necessary evil because of all the benefits. One such benefit, which has not yet been pinpointed as to how this is accomplished, is that babies who use the pacifier are 61% less at risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Some believe the pacifier “helps improve the arousability of the infants who are potentially faced with a life-threatening challenge,” while others say it simply helps “keep the oral airway open by pushing the tongue forward” (Alic). Regardless of the reasoning behind the phenomena, the data speaks for itself and if parents have to choose between the future hardship of weaning their child and an increase risk of infantile death, I think it’s obvious what decision would be made. An additional benefit, although not as drastic as the previous, is the simple fact that the sucking of a pacifier results in the release of chemicals from the brain, which in turn relieve stress and allow the baby to remain calm and remain in a more healthy and stress-free state of mine. As a result, for a certain period of time in the baby’s life, I
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Sanders, Ryan ISE 370 Term Paper 12/09/08 feel continued use of the pacifier is necessary, but it is also important to find a way to make the weaning process more quick, efficient, and anxiety free for both baby and parents.
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