Parents Who Lick Kids' Pacifiers Thwart Allergies
Exposure to harmless bacteria may help ward off allergies
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 6, 2013 8:22 AM CDT
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(Newser) – If your child's pacifier falls on the floor, a new study suggests you're doing the kid a disservice by rinsing it off in the sink. Instead, you might just want to pop it in your own mouth before giving it back to Junior. Parents who did that saw their kids have a significantly lower risk of allergy-related conditions including eczema and asthma, according to the Swedish study, which was published in this week's Pediatrics.

Researchers stumbled on the correlation during a broader look into babies' allergies, NPR explains. Researchers hypothesize that doing so transfers harmless bacteria from the parent's mouth to the child's, which gives the baby's immune system a workout. Without those practice organisms "there is much less for the immune system to fight off," one pediatrician not involved in the research explains. "So it starts reacting to things that perhaps it should be ignoring."

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May 19, 2013 12:29 AM CDT
Kids get sniffle they get an antibiotic. Mom wipes their toys down with Chlorox wipes. Their schools don't allow a peanut to enter within 5 miles of the complex. Kids playgrounds are treated with chemical agents and there is not dirt anywhere, its all foam pieces. No more kids going out to water puddles and splashing around The modern child is a ticking bomb just waiting for the right bug to come along and cause a lifetime of severe allergy treatments. Imagine a life of steroid shots, inhalers, and cpap machine.
May 6, 2013 6:27 PM CDT
Your toothbrush is full of fecal bacteria just by being left in the holder. Happy brushing!
May 6, 2013 11:59 AM CDT
The kids who live in the filthiest environments usually are healthier.