Healthy Kids Have Parents Who Suck Their Pacifiers Clean

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I knew it. I just knew it. Remember when our children dropped their pacifiers on the floor at   (any public vicinity)   and we didn’t have anything to rinse them off with, so we used our mouths? (Don’t lie – you know you did this too.)

Now we pacifier-sucking parents have our validation. Not only are we resourceful during a crisis, we make our children stronger and healthier at the same time.  According to recent findings, parents who suck on their child’s pacifier to clean it may be inadvertently reducing that child’s risk of developing allergies.

See? A mother just knows these things.

Researchers claim that children with pacifier-sucking parents developed fewer allergies, had lower rates of eczema and fewer signs of asthma than children whose parents boiled or rinsed their pacifiers, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Children of pacifier-sucking parents also have smaller amounts of a type of white blood cell that rises in response to allergies and other disorders.

Even though the standard belief has been that parents who clean pacifiers with their mouths may be sharing cavity-causing bacteria with their young children, growing evidence is now supporting that small amounts of exposure to germs at an early age actually benefits children and builds a healthy tolerance to the germs.

Parents are naturally going to impart nourishment for their children in various ways. This is the way it should be! Sometimes I think we are so afraid of germs and illness that we sanitize and wipe away more than necessary, creating an artificial barrier between us and our children. We just need to allow nature to do what it’s supposed to do, while also ensuring that we aren’t spreading actual infections at the same time. Don’t you agree?

Are you a pacifier-sucking parent, or do you boil/rinse your child’s pacifier to clean it?

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Healthy Kids Have Parents Who Suck Their Pacifiers Clean

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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11 comments

  1. Mommy_Rachel says:

    I did the sucking myself.. lol i use to ride the bus and didnt have a way of cleaning it and my oldest was addicted to his. it saved a few ear drums!

  2. rgoose says:

    i’ve done things you would think worse than that. its part of being a mom.you’ll understand one day and if you can’t do that without getting grossed out, than please don’t have children. Because children have and pick up germs every day.

  3. rgoose says:

    I wipe off the stuff than stick the fussy in my mouth. It’s not that big of a deal.

  4. Nicole says:

    I’ve always done it just because my mom, who’s an ECE told me it’s the best thing to do. My son is 16 months old and healthy as a horse

  5. Nicole says:

    I’ve always done it just because my mom, who’s an ECE told me it’s the best thing to do. My son is 16 months old and healthy as a horse

  6. I only now saw that it says PACIFIER wipes. I recant my prior statement.

  7. you don’t just pick it up and start slobbering on it! The way I’ve done it is, if there is absolutely nowhere to rinse, then you pick it up and wipe it with either fabric from your shirt or something (or a wipe) and THEN give it a quick lick to get off fabric or wipe juice.

  8. Then theyre sucking on the cleaning juices of the wipes

  9. This disgusting. Buy pacifier wipes, they’re $3.99.

  10. Csalas118 says:

    I always just rinse it with hot water and then clean all of them every other day. I dont want floor nastiness in my mouth. lol

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