Dummies cleaned by parent sucking aids kids’ immunity

Swedish researchers looked at sensitisation to allergens in a birth cohort of 184 infants, finding those whose parents sucked their dummies were 88% less likely to have asthma and 63% less likely to have eczema or sensitisation at 18 months and at three years of age, compared to those whose parents did not have this habit.

Microbes in parental saliva may stimulate the child’s immune system, the researchers concluded, adding there was no increased risk of respiratory infection noted in the babies whose parents