Sucking Your Baby’s Pacifier Might Offer Protection From Allergies

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Have you ever seen a mom pick her baby’s pacifier up off the ground and pop it in her own mouth for a quick clean up? It turns out, that may be an important building block in a baby’s health. According to CNN, a new study suggests that a mother’s saliva may help prevent allergies in children. The research found lower levels of an allergy-causing protein in babies whose mothers reported sucking on their infants’ pacifiers.Dr. Eliane Abou-Jaoude, an allergy fellow with the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit said, “The idea is that the microbes you’re exposed to in infancy can affect your immune system’s development later on in life”. Dr. Abou-Jaoude, will present her findings this weekend at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting.

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