Sucking on your baby’s pacifier might make your child healthier, doctors say

Mothers may transfer helpful mouth microbes to their children

Mothers may transfer helpful mouth microbes to their children

New research being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting highlights the association between parental sucking on a pacifier and a lower allergic response among young children.

A surprising new study delved into why children form food allergies, and whether parents can do anything to prevent these annoying and sometimes deadly conditions.

Over half (58 per cent) of the mothers interviewed reported that their child was now using a dummy.

That's according to a new study, which has yet to be peer reviewed, from the Henry Ford Health System in MI.

'It is unclear whether the lower IgE production seen among these children continues into later years'.

Children whose parents performed this procedure more often had low levels of IgE in age from 10 to 18 months.

The IgE levels in the babies were assessed at birth, six months and 18 months. Of the 128 mothers who completed the survey when their child reached 6-months old, 74 (58%) reported current pacifier use.

In the latter study were 128 mothers used various techniques to clean the nipples that the baby had dropped on the floor: sterilized in boiling water or the dishwasher, washed with soap and water, you sucked on her.

Researchers said the habit may transfer healthy micro-organisms in the mouth to children, giving their immune system a boost.

Parents who suck on their child's dummy to clean it could be helping them avoid allergies, a study suggests.

It may seem counterintuitive, but parents who clean their baby's pacifiers simply by popping it into their own mouths may be lowering their child's risk of allergies.

"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", Abou-Jaoude said.

"There are lots of commensal or good bacteria in the microbiome that may really help your baby develop a tolerance to it as they age", notes Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson of Seattle Children's Hospital.

IgE is a type of antibody that is produced when the immune system overreacts to an allergen, which can then cause an allergic reaction.

It's not clear what causes allergies or why some people are more predisposed than others. Additional analyses showed that differences were first observed after about 10 months.

Also "Znayu" wrote that overreliance on gadgets increases the risk of myopia, obesity and cancer in children.