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 Post subject: Study says pacifier use may harm boys' emotional development
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:50 pm 
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http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/pacifi ... Y-UDrA#_=_

Interesting about the suspected social influence on girls, so that they are able to compensate for the paci factor.


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I wonder if this will one day be a question on OK Cupid or eHarmony.

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Why are there 6-year-olds using pacifiers?

They should be smoking by that age.

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 Post subject: Re: Study says pacifier use may harm boys' emotional develop
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Damn political correctness....smoking is out, you know. (I think they meant that the 6yo's had used pacifiers at some time in the past)

Tofulish, I am going to ask some of my single friends to ask that now. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Study says pacifier use may harm boys' emotional develop
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solipsistnation wrote:
Why are there 6-year-olds using pacifiers?

They should be smoking by that age.


You clearly didn't grow up Catholic...

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 Post subject: Re: Study says pacifier use may harm boys' emotional develop
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Tofulish wrote:
I wonder if this will one day be a question on OK Cupid or eHarmony.


Love it!


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 Post subject: Re: Study says pacifier use may harm boys' emotional develop
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Hahah tofulish^!

Now joking aside, of course I'd have to read the actual study but what jumps out at me as blatantly missing is whether the kids used the pacifiers more in the first place because they were less emotionally healthy. Like, they were born for whatever reason (brain, hormones, genes, environment) with more feelings of anxiety or fear, so that's why they sucked the pacifiers more. Then later on in life they measure worse on empathy and the ability to read other's emotions because they've been dealing with their own feelings of anxiety or whatever all of their lives and weren't able to develop as well as other kids who were born without those issues.

From the news article description it certainly sounds like a correlational study that couldn't at all prove the pacifier is what caused the problem.

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 Post subject: Re: Study says pacifier use may harm boys' emotional develop
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Aubade wrote:
Hahah tofulish^!

Now joking aside, of course I'd have to read the actual study but what jumps out at me as blatantly missing is whether the kids used the pacifiers more in the first place because they were less emotionally healthy. Like, they were born for whatever reason (brain, hormones, genes, environment) with more feelings of anxiety or fear, so that's why they sucked the pacifiers more. Then later on in life they measure worse on empathy and the ability to read other's emotions because they've been dealing with their own feelings of anxiety or whatever all of their lives and weren't able to develop as well as other kids who were born without those issues.

From the news article description it certainly sounds like a correlational study that couldn't at all prove the pacifier is what caused the problem.


uh yeah. i'd not be surprised at all.

i hate studies like this. a) it's self reported pacifier use by the PARENTS of college aged young adults. no freaking way parents recall pacifier use accurately 18 years later. it's just not happening. b) there's no way to know what other factors are at play. there's a pretty big bias against toddlers using pacis as is (tzipi uses one, and her dad and i feel self-conscious about it, and have gotten comments from others about it... we've made a real effort to have her only use it at home for sleepy times because of social pressure) and i wouldn't be surprised at all if that had an effect on the study itself.

anyway, i kind of turned off my brain when i read the quotes at the end from miss judgeypants lady researcher.


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 Post subject: Re: Study says pacifier use may harm boys' emotional develop
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I approve of anything that affirms my parenting choices as the best ones. If someone could do a study showing that babies whose parents lie down and groan when being asked to read "Am I a Bunny?" for the 15th time in a row are emotionally healthier, that'd be perfect.

Also, if a pacifier would stop the whining and mommy-won't-let-me-hold-the-stabby-stabbies meltdowns, I would chuck ten of them in her mouth. ;)


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