Wednesday , April 21 2021

Sucking Your Baby's Pacifier May Benefit Your Health


Suckling your baby's pacifier may lower the level of the antibody linked to the development of allergies and asthma, a study says.

Researchers theorize that parents may be passing healthy oral bacteria in their saliva that will affect the initial development of their children's immune system.

"Although we can not say that there is a cause-and-effect relationship, we can say that the microbes that a child is exposed to in early life will affect the development of the immune system," said Eliane Abou-Jaoude of the Henry Ford Health System ). the USA.

"From our data, we can say that children whose pacifiers were cleaned by parents sucking the pacifier, these children had lower levels of IgE at around 10 months of age until 18 months of age," said Abou-Jaoude.

The study, presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in Seattle, United States, is the first of its kind in the United States to evaluate the association between pacifier cleaning methods and the antibody immunoglobulin E or IgE.

IgE is linked to the development of allergies and asthma.

The results are consistent with those of a Swedish study of 2013 which reported an association between parents sucking baby pacifiers with a reduced risk of allergy development.

The new study involved 128 mothers who were asked how they cleaned the baby's pacifier: Sterilizing it in boiling water or dishwashing, cleaning it with soap and water and sucking it.

Among the three methods, 30 mothers sterilized, 53 cleaned with soap and water and nine sucked the pacifier.

The researchers compared the IgE levels of infants at birth, six months and 18 months for each method of cleansing.

They found a "significantly lower level of IgE for infants at 18 months" whose mothers sucked the pacifier to clean it.

Additional analysis indicated that the differences were first seen in about 10 months, the researchers said.

However, Abou-Jaoude warns parents of the conclusion that sucking the baby's pacifier to clean it will reduce the risk of the baby developing allergies. – PTI

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