A lick on the pacifier protects babies from allergies. According to a study by the University of Gotemborg in Sweden, cleaning a baby's pacifier with saliva would be a much more effective way to mature the baby's immune system than traditional methods such as sterilization in boiling water or simply rinsing under the toilet. 'running water. In fact, some substances contained in the saliva of the parents would help the little ones to avoid exaggerated reactions of the immune system, typical of allergic manifestations.
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A study, this by the Scandinavian institute, which does not find all doctors agree. "It is a practice that I strongly discourage" says, among others, Francesca Balivo, specialist in pediatrics. “Passing the pacifier from the parent's mouth to the child's mouth facilitates the transmission of viral and bacterial diseases,” she explains. “And I'm not just referring to the flu, cough or fever, but also herpes which occurs after a few days of incubation. Even without knowing it, therefore, the parent could be a carrier of germs, and licking the pacifier is the easiest way to transfer them to the child ".
Therefore, it is better to resort to traditional methods to clean the pacifier: “If it falls in the cradle, on clean sheets, just wash it with water; if it falls to the ground, it is better to sterilize it with boiling water. In any case, sterilization is recommended at least once a day ".
Another practice to avoid is to insert the pacifier in honey or sprinkle it with sugar, thinking of making it more palatable for the child: “Spoil the little one from the point of view of taste” Balivo cuts short.
Which gives one last important piece of advice: "Try to remove the pacifier after the first year of life: not only because the child is now grown up and is the right age to avoid it, but because as the pacifier grows it can damage the palate. .
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