Pacifiers slow down the child's emotional development?

Pacifiers, according to the latest discoveries of scientists, are to slow down the boys' emotional development, making natural facial expressions more difficult. Three experiments were carried out at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which showed that the use of a pacifier in a young child has a direct impact on the worse results in emotional maturity in adulthood.

The results of the study were published a few days ago in "Basic and Applied Social Psychology", they are the first such significant link between the use of teats and psychological consequences. On the other hand, warnings add nothing new. It has long been known that almost everything is harmful in excess. Similarly with teats. However, research results have stimulated the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics to call for a reduction in the use of teats and to once again emphasize the importance of natural feeding.


Researchers who conducted the study note that children reflect the gestures and facial expressions they observe. That is why it is so important to talk to them and express different states through play with "mines". In a natural situation, the child "answers" us or tries to do it in his own way. However, if he has a teat in his mouth all too often, he cannot train this important communication skill. It is harder for him to reflect his impressions and emotions.

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Scientists in their research focused on seven-year-old boys who spent a large part of the day with teats in their mouths in the first years of life. They had difficulty reading and showing the emotional state of the person observed in the movie or picture. They also managed to notice a significantly lower empathy ratio.

The next study was conducted on a group of students. Their emotional maturity was examined in the context of making decisions in relation to the assessment of other people's moods. It turned out that young men, who often used a teat in the first years of life, obtained significantly lower results.

Interestingly, it was possible to establish something else, namely that there are no similar relationships in girls. It has not been noticed that the use of a teat, even in excess in girls, leads to the same consequences as in boys. Scientists cannot explain this fact 100%. For now, various hypotheses are falling. They speculate that this may be related to the girls' faster emotional development and more effective learning in this area, as well as the innate ease of reading emotions. It can be assumed that boys are more exposed to emotional development disorders and any irregularities in the use of teats in their case give stronger consequences. It may also be related to stereotypes, i.e. stimulating girls to live closer to emotions and boys, to be immune to them and not show weaknesses.

Further research in this area is planned to fully explain the relationship between pacifier use and children's emotional development.