Kristen Milhone, a mom from Lowell, MI, is warning parents about the danger of putting babies to bed with pacifiers after her 7-month-old son, Jack, got burned by his in his sleep. She knew something was amiss when Jack woke up crying on the morning of June 20. Lo and behold, when she went to pick him up he had a nasty burn from his Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier on the side of his face. In a Facebook post, she explained exactly what happened on the morning of Jack's injury.
"This morning I woke up to my baby as usual but this time was a little different," she wrote. "My baby had a quarter-sized, reddened, raised and blistered spot on the left side of his head (the side he was laying on). I immediately thought chemical burn!"
Kristen knew she didn't want to take any chances and quickly gathered their things and headed to the hospital. On the drive over, she racked her brain in an attempt to figure out exactly how the accident happened.
"As I grabbed all of his things for an early morning car trip to Helen DeVos, I thought 'well maybe it was something in his cosleeper' but that thought quickly flew from my mind because it was just him and his pacifier. None of the things countless safe sleep books, ads, commercials, or doctors warn you of."
"He happened to have created a suction effect between his left temple and the back of the soothie."
Although the doctors weren't sure what caused the burns at first, they later confirmed that his pacifier was to blame for his injury by measuring the backside of the pacifier and comparing it to the size of Jack's burn.
"Upon further examination from one doctor, then another, they determined it was a SUCTION BURN FROM HIS THE SOOTHIE PACIFIER," she wrote. "As Jack rolled at night time he happened to have created a suction effect between his left temple and the back of the soothie. The diameter of the wound and the pacifier indentation were an exact match!"
Although Jack is on the mend and his burn is becoming less noticeable, she still wants parents to be extra cautious when putting their kiddos to sleep with their pacifiers. "I will no longer be using these products once we can find a suitable alternative for him and until then, [their] use will be closely monitored."