Study: Cleaning pacifiers with saliva could reduce allergies

Posted at: 05/06/2013 3:45 PM

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There's new research that says cleaning your baby's pacifier by putting it in your own month might be the right thing to do.

A new study out of Sweden found that kids whose parents used their own saliva to clean the baby's pacifier were more than 60% less likely to develop eczema at 18 months.

Eczema rates were also lower in three-year-olds whose parents did the same during the first six months of the kid's life. Researchers think early exposure to parent's saliva could help stimulate a baby's immune system and lower the risk of developing allergies.

 

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