Parents warned against sucking the baby's pacifier for cleaning, as it could spread an infection

Suck or not suck – that's the question.

At least for parents who want to clean their baby's pacifier quickly and efficiently.

An expert, however, warned against fast licking.

John Ziegler, clinical allergist, says sucking your baby's pacifier can be dangerous.

If the mother has an infection, she can be transmitted.

Cook or steam dumplings

The whole scenario of sucking a dummy for cleaning is based on the hygiene hypothesis that children in dirty environments have less allergies than children in clean environments, but the reason it is so, he explained to .au.

"Children who live on farms have less asthma and would be exposed to airborne particles from germs that inhabit the animals' gut, but nobody really knows it."

And he says the only way to clean a dummy is to sterilize it by steaming or cooking it for five minutes.

As babies still develop their immune systems, they can not fight infections and bacteria as we can.

History of old women

In fact, he goes so far as to say that the idea of ​​being able to sterilize a lollipop or a bottle with his own saliva is nothing but the stuff of an old woman. wife.

However, a study was published last year act Discover that sucking mannequins can potentially prevent children from contracting asthma.

Researchers from the Henry Ford Health System in the United States interviewed 128 mothers about cleaning their child's doll or pacifier.

It turned out that thirty-five of them sterilized in boiling water or in the dishwasher, cleaned it with water and soap and sucked in nine .

Babies whose mothers suckled their pacifiers had lower concentrations of antibodies, immunoglobulin E or IgE, which is related to the development of asthma and allergies.

Other studies have shown that sucking reduces the risk of asthma

The differences did not appear until after ten months.

The head of the study, Dr. med. Eliane Abou-Jaoude said: "We know that exposure to certain microorganisms at the beginning of life stimulates the development of the immune system and can subsequently protect against allergic diseases.

"Parental lollipops could be an example of how parents can transmit healthy microorganisms to their young children.

"Our study shows a link between parents sucking their baby's pacifier and children with lower IgE levels, which does not necessarily mean that sucking lollipops results in lower rates." IgE. "

She added: "From our data, we can see that children whose lollipops were cleaned by their parents had a lower IgE level between about 10 and 18 months.

"Although there are exceptions, higher levels of IgE indicate a higher risk of allergies and allergic asthma."

There are currently more than one million children or one child out of eleven asthmatics in the UK.

We have also reported that children with asthma are 60% more likely to be obese, experts pointing out that the disease prevents children from being active.

It is also possible that higher doses of inhaled corticosteroids (inhalants) increase the risk of obesity in asthmatic children, as the study showed that people using this drug exhibited the highest risk of developing l & # 39; obesity.

Suck or not suck – that's the question.