Father issues warning to parents after baby chokes on pacifier
A father issued a warning to parents online after he found his 18-month-old daughter blue in the face while chewing a popular teething device.
In a post that quickly went viral, Earl Wilson took to Facebook to warn parents of the dangers of pacifiers, specifically the Tommee Tipp Closer to Nature Soother brand.
Wilson says he was concerned when he heard muffled noises coming from his young daughter's bedroom -- But he was terrified when met with the sight of his daughter choking on a pacifier nipple that had been lodged in her throat, cutting off her air supply.
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"If it wasn't for my wife's quick thinking, I'd hate to think what would have happened," Wilson said in the post alongside a photo of the nipple that had broken off of the pacifier. His spouse, Sam, had removed the object from their baby's throat just in time to unblock his daughter's airway.
Now, he is sharing his story to warn other parents of the hazard and to hopefully encourage the manufacturer to examine the product.
"My main concern is it's an owl dummy (associated with night) so people will be using it at bed time," Wilson wrote. "I don't think my daughter would be here now if this happened in the middle of the night."
A spokesperson for Tommee Tippee provided a statement to Good Housekeeping in response to Wilson's post and says the company has been since investigating the incident.
"We produce and sell over 15 million pacifiers globally every year, and it is extraordinarily rare for customers to have issues with the baglet," the statement reads. "However, like all other pacifier manufacturers, we always advise parents to pull the pacifier in all directions and look for bite marks before every single use, and throw away at the first signs of damage or weakness."