No we haven’t changed the size of the pacifiers - they have always been the same size. However, as natural rubber pacifiers are made from a natural material, it can change in colour and shape over time. It is possible that the pacifier you have has "resized", if the child sucks very "hard", has been used too long or incorrectly stored/maintained i.e washed in washing machine. Therefore, it is often an advantage to have a few pacifiers in progress at the same time and to replace every other month. (all pacifiers should be replaced every 2 months!)
Yes of course we have. The instructions are found inside the pack
DO NOT TIE PACIFIER/SOOTHER AROUND BABY’S NECK AS IT PRESENT A STRANGULATION HAZARD
Before use, thoroughly clean then sterilize the pacifier/soother by either:
a. Immersing the pacifier/soother in a baby-bottle sterilizing solution in accordance with the instructions for use of the sterilizing solution; or
b. Boiling the pacifier/soother in water for 5 min.
In order to ensure proper hygiene, the pacifier/soother should be placed in boiling water for 5 minutes before it is used for the first time. Then let it cool down and empty out any water inside the nipple. The construction of Hevea allows liquid to flow into the nipple when cleaning. Please press/turn upside down the pacifier /soother to empty any water from the nipple before using it. Always clean the pacifier before use and check that the mouthpiece (nipple) is undamaged. Do not dip the nipple into sweet products and/or those containing sugar or into medicine, as this can contribute to the development of tooth decay and thus presents a risk of cavities in the teeth.
For both safety and hygiene reasons, the soother should be discarded after a maximum of two months use.
Cleaning: The pacifier/soother should be cleaned by hand or in a machine especially suitable for this, and must not be cleaned in a microwave or dishwasher. When the pacifier/soother is not in use, it should be kept in a clean, dry place out of direct sunlight or contact with a source of direct heat. It should be stored in a closed, clean and dry container.
Very few children are allergic to natural rubber, however watch out for any allergic reactions, and stop any use if an allergic reaction should occur because of using the pacifier/soother.
Do not attach to any part of the pacifier/soother (i.e around the ring, plug or through the ventilation holes) pins, ribbons or string as these can be dangerous.
Do not pull pacifier/soother apart.
Do not tie the pacifier/soother tightly to strings, straps, tapes or similar things in the child’s clothing, as this could risk choking the child.
If it should happen that the pacifier/soother goes into the child’s mouth, you should take it out gently. The pacifier/soother is constructed, so that it cannot be swallowed by the child. So do not panic, but take the soother out of the child’s mouth calmly and as gently as possible.
Check daily that the pacifier/soother is in good condition. This is done by pulling on the various parts of the soother and checking that it is still in good condition. If there are splits or changes in the soother, it should be discarded.
N.B. Hevea is made of 100% natural rubber, which will darken in color as time goes by.
It is very unlikely. However, protein is a naturally occurring substance in latex from the hevea brasiliensis tree. It helps preserve the material in a liquid state to allow us to work with it. When we process the material to produce our raw rubber products, much of the latex protein is leeched out. As a result, latex content in Hevea's products is extremely low. No allergic reactions to any Hevea products have been received to date but users should note the potential for a latex allergic response.
Latex allergy reactions vary in severity with individuals. If there is a known family history of latex allergy, or if you notice any symptoms that cause concern; or your child has had a previous reaction to any other rubber products, we suggest that you stop use immediately of your Hevea product and visit your medical practitioner. Help with early symptoms may prevent more serious effects.
The rubber industry as a whole is looking at ways to improve on production to reduce the potential for reaction and we are supporting our suppliers in this initiative.
An allergic reaction is normally not dangerous and the symptoms can be such as:
• Itchy, red, watery eyes
• Sneezing or runny nose
• Rash or hives
• Chest tightness
• Shortness of breath