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Dr Charlotte Reznick warned parents against kissing their children on the lips because the act was “too sexual”.

The American doctor told The Sun that because the mouth was an erogenous zone, a kiss on a child’s lips “can be stimulating” and potentially confusing to children.

“If mummy kisses daddy on the mouth and vice versa, what does that mean, when I, a little girl or boy, kiss my parents on the mouth?” she said.

But Sydney-based clinical psychologist Heather Irvine-Rundle slammed those claims as “outrageous”, saying lip-kissing children was not an inherently sexual act.

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And she said it was just another way parents were being unnecessarily judged and criticised.

“It’s an outrageous thing to say to parents. It absolutely does not take into account a special relationship that parents have with their children and the non-sexual nature from which that particular behaviour comes,” she told news.com.au.

Celebs under fire for sharing special moments

Victoria Beckham, Tom Brady and Alessandra Ambrosio just to name a few have been attacked for kissing their children on the lips.

When Victoria Beckham shared a photo of her and Harper kissing on the lips, followers on Instagram labelled it too “sexual” and “inappropriate”. (Read more here)

American NFL star, Tom Brady faced backlash after kissing his son on the lips with fans saying it was “disturbing”. (Read more here)

When model, Alessandra Ambrosio shared a photo on Instagram of her children Anja and Noah. She didn’t expect the reaction it received either. (Read that here)

Health risk warning

Meanwhile Dentists are actually claiming mums with dental decay can pass on oral bacteria and put their child at greater risk by kissing them on the lips. (Read here)

There is another common risk factor the herpes virus – Mum’s loving kiss nearly kills her tiny baby: One Mum was left heartbroken after kissing her tiny baby left him in hospital with a soaring temperature and breathing problems.

How do you feel about kissing kids on the lips?

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  • I don’t kiss my kids on the lips but then again I’d rather not get a million colds per year by doing that. I certainly don’t think it’s sexualised – that’s just adults again sexualising kids.

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  • Simply adults sexualising children yet again. It is a lovely endearing gesture and one a child obviously takes from observing Mum and Dad doing it. They do outgrow the kissing on the lips. Get over it!

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  • I don’t believe in kissing anyone except your better half on the lips. Not because it is a sexual act but because of the illnesses you could catch or pass on to another.

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  • Most babies naturally copy their parents but bear i mind they have limited side vision at close range. You gradually adapt them to kissing on the cheek. If people are aware they have herpes on their face anywhere they shouldn’t kiss anybody of any age at all.

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  • How ridiculous. Kissing your children on the lips is not sexual at all, unless you have a perverted mind.

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  • Sorry cannot agree that kissing your children on lips is sexual, the kiss is not sexual there are differet types of kisses and a normal person is aware of that. This is an age of stopping so many things and feel this is just one of many. Do not agree with other family members kissing kids on lip like Uncles and aunts etc but the bond between normal mother and child is special one

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  • Really!!!!!! What nonsense. Each to their own. My kids give me a little kiss on the lips & it’s not sexual at all. Once they get a bit older then I personally don’t think it would be appropriate.

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  • Each to their own, but I’ve never felt right about it and have explained to my kids that the lips are daddy’s special place.

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  • It’s not right 2 kiss kids on the lips especially dirty pig old men my mums partner is like 70 a dirty pig old man married has a wife but with my mum go figure right anyway has kissed both my girls it’s not right he’s not family not blood he is nothing from born kissed my girls in lip dirty pig old man and tickles them it’s not right

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  • What an absolute load of rot! There is nothing sexual at all in the act of kissing our kids on their lips. And I have found that my kids have naturally progressed to kiss our cheeks for the most part. So much pressure is placed on parents these days. These so called experts need to back off!

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  • I think it’s ok when they are still young.I found bit exaggerated anyway.

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  • I think this is a silly generalisation. Yes, there’s probably an age where you need to think about whether you’re still appropriate, but generally I’d say it’s not a problem.

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  • I just see it as a sign of affection. I understand that on a certain age it might start to confuse. That being said, I’ve kissed girl friends on the lips, while it was not sexual… Probably it differs as well per country and habits

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  • Psychologists with different views and is there research and evidence to back up the claims?

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  • I see nothing wrong with it for babies and toddlers. .. at a certain age it seems to naturally change to kissing on the cheek any way.

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