Your baby's pacifier just hit the sidewalk, and you're nowhere near indoor plumbing. What do you do?
Parents, if you suck your child's pacifier to clean it, you're not in the wrong. New research published in the journal Pediatrics shows the health benefits from cleaning binkies by way of your mouth!
The study looked at 184 kids and found that children whose parents sucked on their pacifiers to clean them had a lower risk of eczema and asthma.
A pediatrician says the parents' saliva contains normal bacteria that can colonize their children with the 'good' bacteria. That could have incredible health benefits.
It shouldn't be the sole cleaning mechanism for pacifiers, though.
Parents are recommended to wash the binkies on the top rack of the dishwasher or in warm soapy water at least once a day.
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