Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Sucking your baby's pacifier may benefit their health

Sucking your baby's pacifier may benefit their health

According to a new study, it just might.

Of the 128 moms finishing various meetings, 58 percent announced current pacifier use by their child.

The study, by Henry Ford Health System in Detroit involved interviews with 128 mothers.

Since they only tracked the babies for 18 months, they have no way of knowing if their antibody levels continue to be lower into early childhood and beyond.

A USA research team interviewed 128 mothers of infants multiple times over an 18-month period and asked how they cleaned their child's dummy. The researchers checked the babies' IgE levels at birth, 6 months and 18 months of age. The findings are compatible with those from a 2013 Swedish study, which reported an association between parents sucking on their baby's pacifier with a reduced risk of allergy development.

While more research is needed, and experts caution parents not to conclude that sucking on the pacifier is a sure way to prevent the development of allergies or asthma in their child, the study suggests babies may receive "healthy oral bacteria that will affect the early development of their child's immune system" when a pacifier is cleaned in this way.

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"The idea is that the microbes you're exposed to in infancy can affect your immune system's development later on in life", Dr. Eliane Abou-Jaoude says. "Our study indicates an association between parents who suck on their child's pacifier and children with lower IgE levels, but does not necessarily mean that pacifier sucking causes lower IgE".

"Based on these levels, you can't really tell what's going to happen to these kids in the future", Abou-Jaoude said.

But the answer researchers uncovered is unusual to say the least: their report says a mother's saliva can encourage her baby not to develop allergies.

If the thought of putting a dirty soother in your mouth revolts you, there are other scientifically proven, but less disgusting ways to prevent allergies. The obtained results confirm the results of the scientific work conducted in Sweden, which reported on the relationship between parents sucked the pacifier of your child, with less risk of Allergy development.

The finding may sound odd, but it's actually just the latest piece of research to link allergies and bacteria together.

Studies have shown that "kids introduced to peanuts in the first year of life have a much lower chance of developing a peanut allergy", he said, and the American Academy of Pediatrics agrees.

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