Airway obstruction by a child's pacifier – could flange design be safer?

Abstract

The use of pacifiers (dummies or soothers) for infants is prevalent. Rare episodes of an adverse consequence must be taken seriously. We report a case of aspiration of a pacifier by a 6-month-old baby. Nine similar cases were found in the literature since 1966. The details of these cases are outlined and changes to flange design proposed ahead of a new European Union Standard document. Conclusion Pacifier ventilation holes are essential, flanges should have a minimum horizontal and vertical diameter of 43 mm. Rings should be attached to the flange to facilitate removal if aspirated.

DOI: 10.1007/s004310050806

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@article{Simkiss1998AirwayOB, title={Airway obstruction by a child's pacifier – could flange design be safer?}, author={Douglas E Simkiss and Ian Sheppard and Biswajyoti Pal}, journal={European Journal of Pediatrics}, year={1998}, volume={157}, pages={252-254} }