Are Pacifiers Leading Infants Down a Dangerous Path?
By: Maximilian Stolte
Pacifiers provide a sense of comfort for infants and appeal to their instinct to suck, but what are the ramifications? Many parents use them to sooth their crying babies and help them go to sleep, but what mothers are finding is that they are causing more and more babies to fall into a dangerous lifestyle: rave culture. This has led to what some are calling the infant ecstasy epidemic of 2016.
“When you’re fast asleep and you THINK your baby is sleeping, there’s always the fear that they have snuck off to a rave. If they wake you up in the middle of the night crying there is a good chance they are ‘coming down’ from an ecstasy high and their serotonin levels are low. Look out for codewords from toddlers like ‘fun dip’ (a powdered form of ecstasy called molly) and if your baby is attracted to toys that light up and play music keep a close eye on them,” warns Osbourne. “I’ve heard from some mothers that different colored pacifiers indicate which sexual activities infants and toddlers are willing to engage in with each other.”