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    Could Sucking Your Baby’s Pacifier Cut Allergy Risk? - ABC News

    Could Sucking Your Babys Pacifier Cut Allergy Risk?

    We’ve all seen it. A pacifier tumbles out of a crying baby’s mouth and hits the floor with a wet thump.

    Maybe it bounces once or twice.

    Some parents throw it right in the trash. Others boil it. Some just give it a rinse in the sink.

    But some moms pick up the pacifier, put it in their mouth and hand it right back to baby, and a new study says the practice is associated with fewer allergies later on.

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    “It’s really an interesting study, because it supports the theory of the hygiene hypothesis,” said Dr. Samuel Friedlander, an allergy specialist at University Hospitals in Cleveland. “It’s a theory that states that our world is too clean. The immune system is like an army, and if the army doesn’t have anything to fight – like germs – it fights allergens.”

    Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy of Göteborg University in Sweden followed 174 babies and their parents for several years and tested them for allergies, eczema and asthma. They also asked parents how they cleaned off pacifiers, and found that nearly half of them used their mouths on occasion.

    By the time babies were 18 months old, those whose parents sucked their pacifiers were less likely to have allergies, asthma and eczema, and the researchers concluded that this was because parents exposed their babies to bacteria in their saliva, stimulating babies’ immune systems. But by the time babies reached 36 months old, they only had an added protection against eczema.

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    There's nothing much to say here except that it's yet another thing to support the "hygiene hypothesis" which seems like common sense anyway to anybody with a vague understanding of the immune system.
    People are supposed to be exposed to germs and get (mildly) ill, that's how you learn to fight the stuff that might actually do you harm. Parents who clean the surfaces 4 times a day with dettol, then wonder why their kids are suddenly ill should take note! Sadly this usually seems to tell them they must be more clean to stop all the germs and the cycle continues.

    Anecdotally, many of the people I know who get ill least often are the children of doctors, so are probably exposed to the most things.

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