[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1367880948&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4046024&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1367880948 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — For years, parents have been told to clean their baby’s pacifier with soap and water.
Now, doctors say there is another method with some unexpected benefits.
According to the Journal of Pediatrics, children whose parents lick their pacifier clean have a lower risk of developing asthma and eczema.
Doctors say the parent’s saliva helps boost their child’s immune system.
“The theory is, here, that the parent’s saliva, which contains normal bacteria, can actually colonize our children with the good bacteria, and that may have incredible health benefits,” Pediatrician Dr. Elissa Rubin says.
Experts still suggest that parents wash the pacifier on the top rack of the dishwasher or with hot water and soap at least once a day.
Also, experts advise parents to throw away the pacifier if it has cracks or tears, because those are prime places for bacteria to grow.
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