Parental pacifier sucking may prevent allergies in children

Parents who sucked pacifiers to clean them had children with lower total IgE production, according to findings presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting.

“Microbial-related exposures in early life stimulate immune development and may protect against allergic disease manifestations later in life,” Eliane Abou-Jaoude, MD, an allergy and immunology fellow at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, and colleagues wrote.

Researchers reviewed differences in serum total IgE three different times during a child’s first 18 months of life among 74 children whose mothers who reported current pacifier use.

Abou-Jaoude and colleagues found a significant time interaction for pacifier sucking (= .079). The trajectory shape was different between children of the nine pacifier-sucking parents vs. the non–pacifier-sucking parents. Specifically, parental pacifier sucking appeared to hold back serum IgE levels at around 10 months (= .048) and continued to diverge through 18 months (= .014).

“These findings support a previous Swedish study reporting a protective effect of parental pacifier sucking on the risk of allergic diseases in children,” Abou-Jaoude and colleagues wrote.

Researchers reviewed differences in serum total IgE three different times during a child’s first 18 months of life among 74 children whose mothers who reported current pacifier use.

Abou-Jaoude and colleagues found a significant time interaction for pacifier sucking (= .079). The trajectory shape was different between children of the nine pacifier-sucking parents vs. the non–pacifier-sucking parents. Specifically, parental pacifier sucking appeared to hold back serum IgE levels at around 10 months (= .048) and continued to diverge through 18 months (= .014).

“These findings support a previous Swedish study reporting a protective effect of parental pacifier sucking on the risk of allergic diseases in children,” Abou-Jaoude and colleagues wrote.

 

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