Baby's Pacifier, Sucking on Baby's pacifier, Health
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Sucking your Baby’s pacifier can lead to protection of babies against allergies. Parents are opting various types of a cleaning process for their children. Some use boiling water and proper soaps to clean the dirty nipples.

Some of them suck the silicone nipple and it also emerges out to be helpful practice which can result in boosting the child’s immune system and helps them to fight against diseases.

A study was done by the Henry Ford Health System in which mothers were involved and no fathers were involved. They tracked the protein which is linked to the allergies. There are several types of antibodies which are present and released by the body in defense of antigens, IgE antibody was tracked in 74 infants whose mothers were giving them Pacifiers to use.

These IgE levels were checked of those 74 infants at the time of birth, six months and 18 months who were using different methods to clean their baby’s nipples. Some of them used boiling water, some of them used sucking process to clean them.

Low levels of IgE levels were seen in the babies whose mother sucked on their pacifiers. This ultimately means that the child is having lower number of IgE and less susceptible to allergies and asthma.

What is the logic behind sucking the nipples, you must be thinking? Basically what happens when a parents suck the nipples they are transferring the oral bacteria to the baby’s mouth, this in turns makes the baby more storng as immune system strengthens. Previous studies done by Swedish researchers who also said the same thing and supported the fact of sucking on the baby’s pacifier will lead to less allergy development.

Eliane Abou-Jaoude who is leading author said “Although we can’t say there’s a cause and effect relationship, we can say the microbes a child is exposed to early on in life will affect their immune system development,”

“From our data, we can tell that the children whose pacifiers were cleaned by their parents sucking on the pacifier, those children had lower IgE levels around 10 months of age through 18 months of age.”

“We found that parental pacifier sucking was linked to suppressed IgE levels beginning around 10 months, and continued through 18 months,” said Dr. Edward Zoratti, an allergist and study co-author. “Further research is needed, but we believe the effect may be due to the transfer of health-promoting microbes from the parent’s mouth.”

It is so unclear till now whether this theory works or not and is producing lower IgE in further years.

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