Cleaning pacifier in your mouth may cut baby's allergy risk, but should you do it?

Cleaning pacifier in your mouth may cut baby's allergy risk, but should you do it?

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Sucking on a pacifier can transmit bacteria from your adult mouth that can cause tooth decay in your baby's erupting teeth, Jonathan Shenkin, a pediatric dentist and ADA spokesperson said. Other germs can also be passed onto your baby.

The most recent research was based on interviews of 128 infants' mothers and various pacifier-cleaning techniques over an 18-month span. The researchers looked at levels of IgE, an antibody linked to allergy and asthma development, in children whose mothers either cleaned the pacifiers in their mouths, rinsed them, or sterilized them. Children of mothers who sucked on the pacifier had lower IgE levels, especially starting at about 10 months on to 18 months of age.

This isn't the first time that pacifier cleaning was touted for easing allergen responses in children. A 2013 study made similar claims, but the ADA warned against the practice then, too.

More studies are needed before it can be determined if self-cleaning a pacifier can definitively lower a child's risk for developing allergies, according to the scientists who led the current research.

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