Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2013 04:20:55 +0200
- About.com Allergies
Sucking on Your Baby's Pacifier May Protect Against Allergies
If you're a parent, you've probably done it -- or thought about doing it -- cleaned your baby's pacifier using our own mouth. Maybe you were just adding moisture prior to giving it back to our young child, but this simple act of love may have actually protected your baby from the development of various allergic diseases. A recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that parents who cleaned their infants' pacifier by sucking on it actually reduced the chance that their child developed asthma or eczema by 18 months of age. The benefits of a reduction of asthma continued through 36 months of age. The authors theorize that the transfer of beneficial bacteria from the mouth of parents to their young child resulted in stimulation of the immune response away from the development of allergies....