Table 5.

Ear Problems in the First 6 Mo by Pacifier Use

NeverY, at 4 WkY, at 6 Mo
not 4 Wk
Y, at 4 Wk
and 6 Mo
P
Ever had earache?
 % With earache (9.9%)8.310.79.711.05-165
 OR unadjusted1.001.34 (1.04, 1.52)1.19 (0.90, 1.56)1.37 (1.18, 1.58)5-165
 OR adjusted1.001.27 (1.03, 1.58)1.26 (0.94, 1.70)1.37 (1.14, 1.63)**
Ever had ear discharge?
 % Discharge (2.8%)2.43.02.63.1NS
 OR unadjusted1.001.26 (0.89, 1.77)1.10 (0.66, 1.81)1.32 (1.01, 1.72)NS
 OR adjusted1.001.22 (0.83, 1.82)1.19 (0.68, 2.06)1.26 (0.91, 1.74)NS
Child's hearing worse after a cold?
 % Hearing much/little worse (6.7%)6.46.56.27.0NS
 OR unadjusted1.001.03 (0.77, 1.36)0.96 (0.64, 1.45)1.10 (0.89, 1.36)NS
 OR adjusted1.001.18 (0.86, 1.62)1.05 (0.67, 1.64)1.18 (0.91, 1.54)NS
  • Percentages denote the prevalence of the outcome within the pacifier history group.

    Adjusted OR allowed for all the variables in Table 2.

  • F5-168 P < .0001;

  • F5-165 P < .001;

  • ** P < .01;

  • * P < .05; NS,P ≥ .05.