Babies' dummies – safety alert
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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a safety alert about dummies.
Dummies are designed to comfort and settle babies. However they can be a hazard to babies and toddlers.
- The teat or small pieces from the dummy may break off and become stuck in a child's throat.
- The whole dummy may become stuck in a child's mouth and might block the air supply. The shield that the teat is attached to should have holes so that the airway does not get blocked.
- Attaching the dummy to a child's clothing or the cot with a ribbon that is long enough to go around the child's neck can be a strangulation risk. Always use a ribbon that is no more than 10cm long.
- The most common injuries related to dummies are cuts and abrasions that happen when children fall over with a dummy in their mouth.
For more information and a safety checklist have a look at
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
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