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WATERCOOLER: Is David Beckham's girl too old for a dummy?

DAVID Beckham has told The Daily Mail it has "no right" to criticise his parenting skills after it published a disapproving piece questioning his "controversial" decision to allow his four year old daughter to use a dummy.

An article published on Monday claimed Harper is "well beyond the age" that health experts would recommend the use of a pacifier and warned the Beckhams could be putting their child at risk of developing problems with her teeth and even slurred speech.

"Dummies are usually used to soothe and settle restless children and are only recommended for small babies," it continued.

"Some parents use them to stop a child from crying or simply because the habit has become too hard to break."

The piece even included a comment from a "parenting expert" and a former midwife, who expressed her disapproval at Harper's continued use of a dummy, suggesting it could be down to "last child syndrome".

Beckham issued a rare response to the article on Monday evening with an Instagram screen shot accompanied by the caption: "Why do people feel they have the right to criticise a parent about their own children without having any facts?"

"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," he wrote. "So those who criticise think twice about what you say about other people's children because actually you have no right to criticise me as a parent.

His reply was met with a sea of comments praising him as a brilliant father and for taking a stand, with one user writing: "Amen. Having a father invested in his daughter is more important than anything."

Another user was more direct, advising Beckham to "tell them all to get stuffed". 

What do you think? Is Beckham's four-year-old daughter Harper too old to be using a dummy? Or is it her parent's choice and no one else has the right to criticise?

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What you're saying on Facebook:

Sam Evans: "I don't think anyone has the right to tell you how to parent your kids. We are all just trying our best - celebrity or not!"

Kellie Cortizo: "If she wants a dummy she can have a dummy. How is this even open for discussion???"

Narrel Lee Crowl: "Who cares ........it's his child there's worse this kid could be doing."

Lachlan Davis: "It's just a dummy, who cares?"

Talina Wilson: "Who are we to judge?"

Brenda Langford: "People really need to live their own lives and not someone elses..."

Rachel Cullen: "How is this news exactly? Is she abused? No. Is she malnourished? No. Is she in any harm or danger? No. So leave them alone, it's their daughter they can raise her and comfort her however they want. The fact this is classified as "news" is ridiculous."

Jenny Franklin Gilmore: "So long as his kids are fed, clothed and have shelter! Whos business is it, to judge his parenting skills? The child will give it up when ready."

Amy Kinsey: "Really over hearing it.who really cares .kid has a dummy way media is going on.u swear the child is smoking a cigarette...blah...lol."

Amanda Brown: "It's no worse then a thumb sucking child. My 2 youngest children suck their thumbs 6 & 16 months. It's no one else's business really!"

Wanda Glass: "Please let parents be parents without being criticized all the time. To much pressure is being put on parents today with outsiders saying what is right and wrong."

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