Children whose mother’s sucked their dummies to clean them were a third less likely to develop asthma and eczema.
Experts from Cambridge University and University College London said that being too clean has killed beneficial bacteria, which keep the immune system strong.
“If the parents pick up the dummy right away and sterilise it or replace it with a new clean one, that child has a considerably greater chance of having eczema and asthma,” Prof Graham Rook told the Cheltenham Science Festival.
“But if you’re the sort of parents that sucks it clean and it sticks it back in the baby’s mouth, then it actually protects them from allergic disorders.”
“It’s because they have better bacterial development in the mouth and gut. And this is what protects them.
“We need micro-organisms from our family and the natural environment. Picking them up from birth, breast milk, kissing.”
The rise in antibiotics, caesarean sections, bottle feeding processed food and unvaried diets have all contributed to a lack of healthy bacteria, said Prof Rook.
Scientists, Dr’s John Gilbert and Rob Knight, recently slammed our addiction to cleanliness – both parents – explain how evidence is growing to show that not only can dirt and germs protect against disease – but that our indoor-based, uber-clean lifestyles are weakening our immune systems. Read more from them HERE.
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