Could some germs be good for your baby?

dummy pacifier germs immu Those of you who have been known to clean your baby’s pacifier by popping it in your mouth rather than sterilizing it, will be pleased to know that you have been doing your baby a lot of good.

According to a Swedish study published in the journal ‘Pediatrics’, children were less likely to suffer from asthma, eczema and allergies before the age of 36 months if mums would clean the pacifier by sucking on it.

It would seem that passing on small amounts of bacteria from your own mouth, could help to strengthen your babies developing immune system. Obviously avoiding times when you are ill might be a good idea and if you dads are feeling left out – your saliva will do just fine as well! For those parents who don’t use a pacifier rest assured that giving lots of kisses on the mouth may be just as effective.

Have you found yourself doing this in the past? If so had you seen it done/heard about it or was it just instinctive? Let us know

If you would like information on how to boost your child’s immune system through nutrition please contact us about one of our health talks (live or online).

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/131/6/e1829.short

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