Friday, November 9, 2012

Pacifiers, a gold mine for germs

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When babies were evaluated by researchers from University of Wisconsin in their use of pacifiers, girls seemed to be having no problem at all. Researchers however, warned parents that excessive use of pacifiers for boys, impedes their emotional development. You can check out the entire story HERE.

And that's not the end of the controversies of pacifiers. Researchers from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) presented their research at the Annual Meeting in Boston this weekend.

They tested 10 used pacifiers from healthy babies and seven new pacifiers. 40 different species of bacteria were found. Five of the used pacifiers were heavily contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumonia and fungus, while the other, though harbinger of germs too, were only slightly contaminated.

If a pacifier pops out of your kid's mouth, it needs to be cleaned by giving it a good wash with soap and cold water and let it dry. It can also be soaked in a solution of baking soda and water, the researchers said. You can also wipe it with a tissue, preventing the build up of bioflim, which again according to researchers, is a "slimy coating of bacteria that changes the normal microbe balance in the mouth and is particularly resistant to antibiotics."

Pacifiers are indeed harbinger of germs, and tips such as these can really come in handy. We just have to make sure that they are clean before we give them to the baby. Happy babysitting, everyone!