Sucking your babys pacifier may benefit their health

Mothers may transfer helpful mouth microbes to their children

Mothers may transfer helpful mouth microbes to their children Credit Getty

In the more recent study, researchers collected maternal-child pairs who were identified in the Microbes, Allergy, Asthma and Pets cohort (N=141), and investigated whether pacifier cleaning methods reported at 6-months of age were associated with differences in serum total IgE over the first 18 months of life.

A new study suggests it may be as simple as giving infants your own germs. Nearly three-fifths (58 per cent) reported their child regularly using a dummy.

To come to this conclusion, researchers with the Henry Ford Health System asked 128 different mothers how they cleaned their baby's pacifier. "It is unclear whether the lower IgE production seen among these children continues into later years", Zoratti said in an ACAAI news release.

The researchers tracked the babies for 18 months and noted that changes in some babies' levels of IgE antibody started when they were around 10 months old.

Many moms and dads would give anything to prevent their newborn babies from developing allergies or asthma.

"We know that exposure to certain microorganisms early in life stimulates the development of the immune system and may protect against allergic diseases later", said the study's lead author Elaine Abou-Jaoude, MD.

A Henry Ford Health System study found that babies whose parents sucked on their pacifier to clean it had a lower level of the antibody that is linked to the development of allergies and asthma. The study found that parents who suck on their baby's pacifier to clean it might have been boosting their baby's health.

"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".

These studies, and more, seem to prove the bacteria and microbes children are exposed to influence whether or not they develop allergies.

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

"Parental pacifier sucking" is linked to a lower allergic response in kids. Of those who had a child using a dummy, some said they cleaned the product by sterilisation, while others said they hand washed it, and a small quantity (12 per cent) reported sucking it.

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.

Further analysis of the data showed that this drop began to be seen at about 10 months.

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