Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sucking on your kid's pacifier: good idea or gross?

A baby pacifier hangs from an umbrella as part of the props used by union workers in a non-profit sector march in Brussels December 2, 2005.  

(Reuters Health) - Toddlers are less likely to have asthma and itchy rashes if their parents "cleaned" their pacifiers by sucking on them when the kids were infants, a small new study suggests.

The findings don't prove that technique protects kids against asthma, eczema or other allergies.

But researchers said it's possible the transfer of mouth microbes from parents to baby may help boost the bacterial diversity of the young child's digestive system and foster immunity.

"We know these bacteria are important for development," said Dr. Wilfried Karmaus from the University of Memphis, who has studied asthma and eczema but wasn't involved in the new research.

For the rest of the story: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/06/us-sucking-kids-pacifier-idUSBRE94503520130506

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