The British tabloid, Daily Mail, published a photograph of David Beckham’s 4-year-old daughter Harper with a pacifier in her mouth. The publication asked if a child her age should still use one.
Beckham responded on Instagram.
The former soccer star-turned-underwear model addressed the tabloid, which started a debate over parenting and thoughts on strangers weighing in on the private lives of celebrities.
Parenting blogs on Twitter said they normally used the device as a last resort to soothe unruly children.
The article called the pacifier a “controversial” accessory, adding that it could damage the teeth of a 4-year-old child or risk affecting her speech.
But David Beckham posted on Instagram, “Why do people feel they have the right to criticize a parent about their own children without having any facts.
“Everybody who has children knows that when they aren’t feeling well or have a fever you do what comforts them best and most of the time it’s a pacifier so those who criticize think twice about what you say about other people’s children because actually you have no right to criticize me as a parent …”
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children stop using pacifiers by the age of 6 months and transition from bottles to lidless cups by 12 months.
The academy said in a post on its website that if a child sucks strongly on a pacifier, thumb or fingers beyond 2-to-4 years of age, it might affect the shape of the child’s mouth or how the teeth line up.
The article adds, “If your child stops sucking on a pacifier or his thumb or fingers before his permanent front teeth come in, there’s a good chance his bite will correct itself”.
Fans supported Beckham’s statement, with D Sexton posted on Twitter, “People don’t have a right on how you bring up your children. Great response David.”
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