David Beckham Responds To Tabloid Over Daughter Harper Using A Pacifier


David Beckham slams tabloid, defends daughter

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.

David Beckham posts on Instagram about Harper's pacifier

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 …”

David Beckham and daughter Harper with pacifier photos

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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