Baby dummies - Safety alert

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While dummies are designed to help comfort and settle children, they are also a potential hazard to infants and young toddlers.

Poorly designed or manufactured dummies can break apart and the small parts can be a choking hazard. Children under three are vulnerable to choking because they have not yet developed the reflex action to cough up objects that lodge in their throats.

Dummies attached to children’s clothes by a ribbon or string can be a strangulation hazard if they wrap around a child’s neck.

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