Help with the loss of our Pacifier!
My 2 1/2 year old son was diagnosed with SPD shortly after his second birthday. He is currently working with an OT, Developmental Specialist, and a Speech Pathologist.
At our last check up and the pediatrician's she told us it was time to get rid of the pacifier because his teeth were starting to be affected. So we went cold turkey. That next day we took away the "Pi Pi", as he called it, and he really didn't ask for it much after that.
But, now he has started having major meltdowns. Not just your typical 2 year old tantrums, I mean meltdowns. He has always been a sweet, loving baby who has never met a stranger, but now he seems so distressed at little things. He loves constant motion and craves to be in the car. When it's time to get out, he freaks out. Screaming, crying, kicking, slapping, clawing at your face, and that's not my baby. We've have several episodes the last few weeks over different things, and nothing seems to soothe him. It used to be that we would give him his pacifier and he would calm right down.
I'm not saying he never threw tantrums before, but never to this magnitude. He's also developed a lot of separation anxiety since we took the pacifier away. I feel like that his pacifier was his bestest friend in life and we took it away. Our therapists seem to think he really craves that oral stimulation, but I hate to go backward now since he's been without it for 3 weeks.
If anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate them. Our pediatrician seems to think it's just a phase he's going through and that it just happened to come up at the same time we took the pacifier away. I don't agree, so that's why I'm looking to all of you for some help because you live with this everyday, as do I. Thanks!