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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Pacifiers Pose Risks of Choking, Laceration, and Poisoning: Action Needed to Ensure Safety

I just received the following information that I would like to share with you.  This is not a paid post.

(CHICAGO) Kids In Danger (KID) released a report on pacifier hazards. The report analyzed of data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that shows that some pacifiers can pose a risk to infants and toddlers. The report highlights pacifiers’ tendency to rip or become lodged while in a child’s mouth. This pattern represents a significant choking or laceration risk.

The databases reviewed include both recalls of pacifiers issued by the CPSC as well as reported incidents and injuries through and hospital data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS).

The CPSC has a standard for pacifier safety, but that standard has not been revised in years. Evidence suggests it may be time to reevaluate.

Key findings:
  • Seventy-nine percent of injuries reported to the CPSC involved babies choking on pacifier pieces and/or the pacifier impeding airflow to the child by getting stuck in the child's mouth or throat.
  • Recalled pacifiers have been known to break and leave sharp pieces inside children’s mouths. The broken pacifier pieces also inflict lacerations inside and around the mouth due to sharp, exposed edges.
  • In the time studied, there were 97 incident and injury reports and 11 recalls.

KID regards awareness of pacifier safety as just as important as other children’s products, but chose to write a report specifically about pacifiers because of the high risk of serious injury or death inherent to the injuries that pacifiers can create-- especially choking. A child choking can die within minutes.

“Pacifiers have a unique combination of being almost ubiquitous yet inherently very risky due to the fact that they go into a child’s mouth,” says KID researcher Diana Suder. “That makes it extremely important to assure the product meets strong safety guidelines.”

KID recommends that:
  • Parents and caregivers make sure that the pacifier they buy for their child is not a recalled model. Check for recalls on or
  • If a pacifier has any rips, cracks, or signs of significant wear, it must be replaced immediately.
  • If you experience an incident with a pacifier, report it at to help spread awareness.

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