Internet scolds were out in full force Monday night, taking David Beckham to task for his parenting skills after a photo showed his 4-year-old daughter with a pacifier — a “dummy” in England — in her mouth.

Beckham, who has four children with wife Victoria, wasn’t having any of it. Harper, the 4-year-old, looks fine and, besides, her older brothers have been growing up without incident. On Instagram, Beckham let the crankypants posters have it, adding a screengrab of the offending Daily Mail commentary:

“Why do people feel they have the right to criticize 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 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 Daily Mail quoted experts who warned of possible problems as Harper gets older.

“I can’t believe she is still using a dummy,” nurse and midwife Clare Byam-Cook told the Mail. “If she has a dummy in their mouth at this age, at four, it really can damage her teeth and it is very likely to hinder speech development.”

And then Byam-Cook did a little armchair psychoanalysis.

“David and Victoria seem wonderful parents and I’m sure they give Harper lots of attention but, like it or not, they are role models and lots of people will see this and think that having a dummy at this age is normal when it is not.

“It could be last child syndrome – because she is the youngest David and Victoria could be clinging on to her being a baby.”

The American Academy of Family Physicians points out that: “Adverse dental effects can be evident after two years of age, but mainly after four years.”

And the Mayo Clinic has a helpful suggestion for Becks and the Mrs.: “Consider holding a special ceremony to bury or otherwise discard the pacifier — or allow your child to trade in his or her pacifier for a special book or toy. Your child’s dentist also might be able to help your child stop using the pacifier by explaining the potential impact of prolonged pacifier use on his or her teeth.”

Good luck with that last part.