Pacifier hygiene for babies Health – Especially in the first months of life, babies are still very susceptible to germs. Therefore, you should thoroughly clean all baby items at regular intervals. Anything that your baby puts in your mouths, such as bottle nipples, pacifiers or teething rings, requires particularly stringent hygiene regulations. The amount of work you should do to cleanse the pacifier depends primarily on your child’s age.
Clean baby pacifier: clean or sterile?
Paediatricians and midwives recommend sterilizing teat and pacifiers daily for the first six months. Once your baby in his so-called oral stage grows where it all things that fall, puts can play in your mouth, you can use the cost of the pacifier clean confidently gradually reduce. Then a completely germ-free soother does not make sense anymore.
Different possibilities of sterilization
In many German households, steam sterilization has meanwhile become established. However, there are some alternative ways that you can get the baby pacifier clean and germ-free at the same time.
1. Steam sterilization
The specialty store for baby items offers special equipment in which you can clean and simultaneously sterilize breast pumps, baby bottles, teats, and pacifiers. These steam sterilizers produce very hotly, saturated water vapor that safely kills all microorganisms. Depending on the device, the sterilization process takes eight to fifteen minutes.
2. Sterilizers for the microwave
The principle is similar to that of steam sterilization. However, the temperature required for pacifier cleaning is generated in the microwave. The advantage: Sterilizers for the microwave are small and handy. They are therefore perfect for traveling.
Because babies usually use several pacifiers, so-called “pacifier” for the microwave is very practical. Here, several soothers can be arranged, sterilized in the microwave, kept germ-free and transported.
Similarly, microwave bags from the baby shop work. Simply pour in water according to the instructions, put the pacifier into it, close it and put it in the microwave. It does not save space!
3. Cook the pacifier properly
Please always use the same pot for hygienic reasons. It should not be used in the kitchen during its use as a pacifier-boiling pot for other things because could be due to food residues germs causing disease.
It is best to clean the pacifier under running water thoroughly. Then place in the pot, cover completely with water and cook for at least five minutes.
4. Clean pacifier and sterilize with cold water
For this method, you need special tablets. Dissolve these completely in a bowl filled with clean water. Insert the pacifier so that it is completely surrounded by the cleaning solution. Cover bowl. After about 30 minutes, you can remove the pacifier, rinse thoroughly again – ready!
The method is particularly suitable in places where no electricity or stove is available. To cleanse the pacifiers and get germ-free, all you need is boiled water or, if necessary, a bottle of drinking water from the supermarket and a bowl.
Silicone or Latex: Are there any differences when cleaning the pacifier?
Silicone is transparent, while latex is brownish. Both materials have advantages and disadvantages. While pacifiers and teats made of latex are tensile and tear-resistant, silicone is more heat-resistant. Frequent decoction makes latex sucker porous faster, so they may need to be replaced faster than silicone products. However, the material does not influence the basic hygiene rules. Regarding cleaning and sterilization, you can treat both materials equally.
Pacifier cleaning in the dishwasher?
Experts advise against it in principle. For one, the temperatures in the dishwasher are not high enough, and the detergents are too aggressive.
Also, the pacifier-licking should please refrain. There is a risk that you pass on caries-causing bacteria to your child.
From about the eighth month of life, it is sufficient to clean the pacifier exclusively with detergent and then rinse thoroughly under running water. Make sure that no soap or detergent residues remain in-between spaces.
Exchange in good time
Even if you carefully and regularly clean all pacifiers in use: At the latest after two to three months you should dispose of old copies and buy new ones. Initially, this regular replacement is self-evident anyway, because with the age of your baby and the pacifier size changes. However, this rule also applies to baby pacifiers. They look after a long period of use simply unappetizing, are blabbering and it could dissolve harmful substances from the material.
However, make sure before the expiration of this period on signs of wear. Once it gets cracked or gets sticky, pacifier cleaning does not help anymore. Then you should immediately replace it with a new one.
TIPS FROM MIDWIFE INA ELMER
- Especially for the first time, your breastfed baby does not need a pacifier. It must first learn to suck on the chest. Pacifiers, teats, etc. can lead to suction confusion.
- When not breastfed, I recommend a pacifier. Regular sucking reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
- Do not use the pacifier regularly or every time you cry your child. Important needs of your baby can’t be properly perceived. The pacifier as an “emergency nail” I feel as right. The baby does not always have a sucking need, sometimes it just wants to be carried, needs skin contact or is hungry.