Some parents are disgusting. Really disgusting. They'll pick up a pacifier from just about anywhere and pop it in their baby's mouth. But are you ready to be really grossed out, Moms and Dads? You know that pacifier that has turned your screaming baby into a sweet little dumpling who actually sleeps through the night? It's absolutely crawling with germs, and I do mean CRAWLING!
Before you say no, duh, of course there are germs out there, but you have to eat a pound of dirt before you die, I'm not trying to be an alarmist here. But it's time some parents wake up to how absolutely disgusting they are! And you don't have to take my word for it: a new pacifier study out of the American Society for Clinical Pathology should make you clean up your act.
This goes out to all of you who think the five-second rule applies to binkies. Oh, and while I'm at it, I'd like to give a shout-out to the "well, I popped it in my mouth" Moms out there.
We adults ask for a new fork after it falls of the table in a restaurant, but we have no compunction about sticking a pacifier back into the mouth of a baby.
You think it's no big deal. Science says otherwise.
The researchers who took pacifiers actually being used by healthy infants found 40 different species of bacteria on just 10 pacifiers. We're talking really nasty stuff like Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumonia! And remember, these were healthy kids; it wasn't like they went into a hospital and yanked the binky out of some sick kid's trap.
Excuse me for returning to the second grade for a moment, but ewwwwww! Pneumonia? Staph? Ew, ew, and more ew!
You wouldn't want that in your mouth, would you? Come to think of it, you wouldn't want something in your mouth after it hit the floor of the mall food court either, would you? How about in your mouth after someone else sucked on it?
Kind of makes you want to change your ways, doesn't it?
What's your pacifier prerogative? Do you sanitize that sucky?
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