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Sucking Child's Pacifier Cuts Allergy Risk

UNDATED -- Researchers have found that sucking on your child's pacifier might reduce the risk of your child developing allergies.

According to MedPage Today, children born to parents who said they cleaned their child's pacifier with their mouths were less likely than those born to parents who cleaned the pacifier in other ways to have asthma and eczema.

"Exposure of the infant to parental saliva might accelerate development of a complex oral/pharyngeal microbiota that, similar to a complex gut microbiota, might beneficially affect tolerogenic handling of antigens by the oral/pharyngeal lymphoid tissues," wrote Bill Hesselmar, MD, PhD, of Queen Silvia Children's Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, and colleagues. "Moreover, oral bacteria are swallowed and hence also affect the composition of the microbiota in the small intestine, which may in turn regulate tolerance development in the gut."

Other health professionals agree.

Amal Assa'ad, MD, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center tells MedPage Today that changing an infant's microbiota may influence the development of allergic disorders. He tells clinicians "that we have to let nature play out a little bit and not be too clean and not be forming artificial barriers in the connection between the mother and the infant and the parents and the infant."

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