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Can an infant use artificial nipples? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 25-Sep-2014
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User:hello dr..
User:my question is.. my baby is now 18 months of age, can we use artificial nipple while sleeping for him..
Doctor:Artificial nipples are ok if they are silicon and if they are routinely cleaned
Doctor:Make sure the plastic that is used is non toxic
User:ok ok..
Doctor:and remember that if the child uses it for years and years, it can make the teeth grow in a bit crooked
User:no dr, just to slowly avoid mother's breastfeeding
User:and at 10-month, he was given measles vaccine and now he is 18 months so the same vaccine will be given to him?
Doctor:OK, weaning is best achieved with soft foods and such. You're not really weaning the child off the nipple if you give an artificial one to it as a substitute.
Doctor:Yup, the measles vaccine requires multiple boosters to achieve proper immunity
User:i mean after the 10-month vaccine, this will be the next one.. so there was nothing required between 9-18 months..
Doctor:So the textbooks say that the following vaccines should be given between 9 and 18 months. I iwll list them now
Doctor:Measles @ 9 months
Doctor:Oral polio vaccine dose 5 at around 9 months
Doctor:Hepatitis A dose 1 at 12th month
Doctor:Chicken pox @ anywhere between 12 and 18 months
Doctor:MMR vaccine at 15th to 18th month
Doctor:Hib vaccine dose 2 at 15-18 months
Doctor:DaTP at around 18th month
Doctor:now, these are just suggestions from the standard texts
Doctor:it does not necessarily mean that you MUST get them all
Doctor:For instance Chicken Pox is considered an optional vaccine
Doctor:Though I recommend it personally
User:hmm, we were told after 9 month vaccine, this 18-month vaccine will be enough..
Doctor:You're pediatrician wouldn't want to keep calling you back for vaccination after vaccination, so they may want to give all the pending vaccinations in one shot at 18th month
Doctor:Good idea to ask them though which vaccines they are planning to give
User:does this chicken pox vaccine can be give at any time?
Doctor:Well, certainly not in late childhood or adulthood as it is useless by then. Most children get chickenpox in very early life, so it's not useful beyond say age 12
Doctor:After that, each pediatrician will have certain preferences as to when to give
User:ok dr. thank u very much..
Doctor:Happy to help
Doctor:Do you have any more queries?
User:no dr thanks
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