Researchers have arrived at the notion parents who clean their baby’s dropped pacifiers by sticking them in their own mouths and sucking on them have somehow managed to reduced their child’s risk of developing allergy and asthma. Sounds yucky, but the benefits just might be worth the yuk factor according to the study in Pediatrics based on research from a team at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.
Hey, it’s real big in Sweden where almost half the parents admitted to the practice.Still yuk huh?
The research team followed 174 parents with babies for several years while testing them for allergies, eczema, and asthma.
And now for the payoff. At 18 months old, the babies of parents who sucked their pacifiers were less likely to have developed asthma or eczema.
Somehow, unfairly, exposing the baby to more germs was helpful to the child’s health. Well that falls right in with the thought process behind most vaccines now. Do we not advocate things like shooting the body up with the flu virus to hopefully avoid getting the real thing?
A pediatric allergist from California, Dr. Ron Ferdman, speculated for Health Day on the reason why: “If your immune system is not presented with enough microbes, it just defaults to doing harmful attacks against things that are not harmful, like food, cat dander or dust mites.”
So should you start sucking the baby’s pacifier? I’d say it depends upon where it fell, and what it fell in. Then we could harness in a little logic here and rinse or boil it off, then suck it before giving it to the infant. (the end of that last statement had some veiled lewd overtones). Don’t get addicted to doing this now parents, it could mess your grill up. And expect stares. “Lawd Child, look at that grown ass man done took that baby pacifier and he sucking on it“.
Would you pick up your child’s pacifier and clean it with your mouth?
And what if you’re out and about and the child falls down and gets dirty? What to do? Time for one of Mom’s spit baths. For real. Ask your Grandparents or some OG parents about those spit baths. They would have you smelling like listerine and garlic..