Prolonged pacifier usage in infancy does not cause eating behavior problem later

KAYMAZ N., Yildirim S., Cevizci S., Bulur N., Topaloglu N., Binnetoglu F. K., ...More

TURKISH JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS, vol.57, no.5, pp.487-491, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 57 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.487-491
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


The objective of this study conducted in children aged 3-7 years was to determine whether pacifier use during infancy is associated with eating problems in later periods. A total of 85 children (55.2 +/- 12.3 months) admitted to hospital with eating problems and with no organic pathology in scans, and 97 healthy children (52.24 +/- 10.97 months) without eating problems, were assigned to case and control groups, respectively. Eating problems were classified into five groups and investigated via a questionnaire. The presence of eating problems was analyzed for association with pacifier use. There was no significant difference between the two groups in terms of pacifier use (chi-square test: 0.141, p=0.707), and pacifier use is not related to a poor appetite in later periods. Pediatric healthcare providers and parents should be informed with regard to the subject.