David Beckham defends daughter’s use of pacifier against critics

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David Beckham gives a speech at a reception at Buckingham Palace on June 22, 2015. (Photo: Steve Parsons/WPA pool/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — David Beckham struck back against the critics who took him to task for his parenting.

Beckham, known as much for his physique and his wife Victoria as his incredible soccer career, was reacting to a Daily Mail story criticizing his daughter’s use of a pacifier at age 4.

“Experts warn David and Victoria Beckham’s little girl may end up with ‘speech or dental issues’ if she continues to use one,” the article said, posting a picture of Harper in Los Angeles with her father.

Beckham wasn’t having any of it, posting a scathing response and reasoning for Harper using the pacifier on his Instagram account.

“Why do people feel they have the right to criticize a parent about their own children without having any facts ??” he wrote.

“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 …”

The American Academy of Pediatrics warns against a child sucking strongly on a pacifier, thumb or fingers after 2 to 4 years old.

“This behavior may affect the shape of his mouth or how his teeth are lining up,” it says.

But some parents use a pacifier if a child is having a hard day and needs to be soothed.

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