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Pacifier Recalls 2022 & Safety Risks Using These Baby Essentials

Updated on 11 September 2022 • 3 minute read

 

Overview

Pacifiers are baby essentials that can reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) when used while sleeping. (1)

However, pacifiers also come with other safety risks, such as loose parts due to damage or manufacturing defects that can become choking hazards.

It’s important to always check for any signs of damage before giving a pacifier to your baby. Also monitor possible pacifier recall alerts to reduce safety risks further.

 

Pacifier Recalls 2022

Mushie & FRIGG Pacifier Recall 2022

Mushie & Co, LLC announced the voluntary recall of around 333,725 FRIGG silicone pacifiers (also called Mushie pacifiers) on January 19, 2022, due to design issues that could make the nipple detach from the base of the pacifier, turning them into potential choking hazards. (2)

The CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) explained in the recall notice that a fine slit set at the base of the silicone nipple could make the piece detach from the shield. (2)

The silicone nipple detaching from the plastic shield of the pacifier could pose a choking risk.

 

What Pacifiers Are Being Recalled?

The recall includes all FRIGG silicone pacifiers sold from April 2021 through December 2021: (2)

  • Classic designs
  • Daisy designs 

 

NOTE: Only silicone pacifiers are affected by the product recall; the natural rubber pacifiers aren’t.

The affected products have a silicone nipple and have “FRIGG” printed on the handle of the pacifier. (2)

FRIGG pacifiers are also called Mushie pacifiers, but they don’t have “MUSHIE” on the handle.

Houston-based Mushie & Co, LLC sells the pacifiers in the US, but they’re actually made by FRIGG Production ApS / FB Trading ApS of Denmark.

These affected single pacifiers were sold through the following shops and online retailers: (2)

  • mushie.com
  • SpearmintLOVE
  • TJ Maxx
  • Lil’ Tulips
  • amazon.com
  • Olivia & Jade Company Stores

 

Are FRIGG Pacifiers Safe Now?

The silicone pacifiers still have an active recall, but FRIGG natural rubber pacifiers are available because these aren’t included in the recall.

FRIGG natural rubber pacifiers can be safe if your baby doesn’t have latex or rubber allergies.

Take the pacifier away and stop using them if your baby develops any of these allergy symptoms: (3)

  • Hives or rash
  • Itching
  • Skin redness
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Wheezing
  • Scratchy throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing

 

Are FRIGG & BIBS The Same?

Although they have similar colors and designs, FRIGG and BIBS pacifiers are made by different brands.

 

What To Do If You Have These FRIGG Pacifiers

You can get a full refund or store credit by cutting the silicone nipple from the base of your pacifier and sending a photo to Mushie & Co’s email at [email protected] or visit mushie.com/pages/recalls for more information.

 

Pacifier Recalls 2019

BIBS Pacifier Recall 2019

In 2019, the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) issued two recalls on BIBS pacifiers in Australia: (4)(5)

  • 3 little birds BIBS baby pacifiers in January
  • Chubby Gumz BIBS baby pacifiers in November

 

Both recalls were issued after 3 little birds and Chubby Gumz, brand retailers in Australia, failed to include safety warnings on the pacifier’s packaging. (4)(5)

According to the ACCC, pacifiers should have a written warning on the packaging that includes instructions on avoiding potential strangulation and choking hazards. (4)(5)

 

What To Do If You Have Recalled BIBS Pacifiers

You don’t need to return these recalled pacifiers for a refund. Instead, you should contact your supplier to get a copy of the safety warning: (4)(5)

 

Read these instructions before letting your babies use these products again.

 

FAQs On Pacifier Safety

Can Babies Choke On Pacifiers?

Yes. That’s why the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends that pacifiers have a shield at least 1½ inches across to reduce choking risks by preventing your baby from taking the entire piece in their mouth. (6)

 

Is A Silicone Pacifier Safe For Babies?

Yes. Silicone pacifiers are made of food-grade materials, sturdier than rubber pacifiers, and are generally hypoallergenic.

 

Are Silicone Bead Pacifier Clips Safe?

While they’re marketed as safe, bead pacifier clips might also become a potential choking risk if they come apart.

In September 2015, Chewbeads Baby pacifier clip holders were recalled because the D ring could break and allow the beads to detach from the cord, posing a choking hazard. (7)

 

Can My Baby Still Use Any Recalled Pacifier If It Looks Okay?

It depends on why the pacifier was recalled. 

In general, never give a recalled product to your baby, even if it looks alright.

However, since the BIBS pacifier recall was due to the lack of safety warning in the packaging, your baby can still use the product as long as you regularly check it for any signs of damage.

 

Where Can I Find Recall Information?

  • Regularly check Motherhood Community for recall news
  • Monitor news sites for breaking news and trending topics on recalls
  • Visit official federal agency websites like the CPS (cpsc.gov/Recalls) and FDA (fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts)

 

Is It Okay To Leave A Pacifier In My Baby’s Mouth While Sleeping?

Yes. You can leave a pacifier in your sleeping baby’s mouth.

 

 

 

References

(1) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21505778/

(2) https://www.cbs8.com/article/news/nation-world/frigg-pacifiers-mushie-co-recalled/507-2aa6c57d-eedd-483f-9b57-12fd5a756f10

(3) https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/latex-allergy/symptoms-causes/syc-20374287

(4) https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls/3-little-birds-%E2%80%94-bibs-baby-dummies

(5) https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls/chubby-gumz-%E2%80%94-bibs-baby-dummies

(6) https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/Pages/Pacifier-Safety.aspx

(7) https://www.nbc12.com/story/30151712/chewbeads-baby-pacifier-recalled-choking-hazard/

 

 

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