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Journal of Human Growth and Development

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DADALTO, Elâine Cristina Vargas  e  ROSA, Edinete Maria. Cultural aspects for offering pacifiers to children. Rev. bras. crescimento desenvolv. hum. [online]. 2013, vol.23, n.2, pp. 231-237. ISSN 0104-1282.

INTRODUCTION: A cultural object or phenomenon expresses the historical experience of several previous generations. The use of pacifiers by children has caused many debates from the biological point of view. However, the pacifier's representation as a social object, product of culture, should also be analyzed. OBJECTIVE: to verify aspects related to the cultural appropriation in the studies analyzing pacifier sucking habits. METHOD: The study consulted databases MEDLINE, LILACS, SciELO, Cochrane Library, and Portal CAPES, and selected articles issued between 2002 and 2011. RESULTS: Twenty-six (26) studies on pacifier sucking habits regarding cultural aspects have been found. The use of pacifier has been very frequent, even when mothers had been advised by health care professionals not to offer pacifiers to infants. CONCLUSION: The results of the studies investigated highlighted the cultural appropriation process when the use of pacifier by children is analyzed.

Palavras-chave : pacifiers; culture; habits; sucking behavior; child.

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