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.
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.
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