By Olivia B. Waxman
August 11, 2015

Soccer legend David Beckham defended his daughter Harper on social media Monday after a Daily Mail article published photos of the four-year-old wearing a pacifier. The Mail‘s accompanying article argued experts thought the youngster was too old to be using a pacifier and thus at risk for developing “speech” or “dental issues.”

“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 in an Instagram post, “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.”

Write to Olivia B. Waxman at olivia.waxman@time.com.

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