My child is 3 and still uses a dummy. Will this affect their speech development?

The short answer is, yes it can. Using a dummy for long periods of time can prevent the tongue from moving into a more natural position for both eating and speaking purposes. The muscles of the tongue may not get enough exercise and could be weaker than they should be. Also, children who have a dummy in for long periods of time don't spend as much time talking and therefore don't get the practice they need to learn.


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