Moms Who Give Babies Pacifiers Need to Clean Up Their Act

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pacifierSome 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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PrOuD... PrOuDaRmYWiF08

Ewww, thankfully my boys never like the paci for very long. But I would suggest buying some of those Paci cleaning wipes and just wipe off the paci before giving it to baby! 

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

Hello babies need to be exposed to some germs to build immunities. My kids have picked up stuff on the floor at walmart and put it in their mouths! Binkis were no different. Gross yes but they hardly ever get sick. Musta done something right.

azpre... azpreemiemom

Most of those species of bacteria already live in the human body.

Patricia Wooddell

I either wash it off in thesink or take a baby wipe to it.

Desiree Byrd

I have tons of them and I make sure they are boilled. Usually I carry more than one with me, and at the VERY least rinse that sucker in hot water before I give it back to him. Especially if it falls in public places. If he drops it and it lands in his crib, not as big of a deal. I like the passeys that have the trap that closes when it falls. That's a nice feature. 

Laura Gadbois

Please..Babies have survived this many years without dying of the black plague from PACIFIERS. I cant understand why parents get so uppity about what other parents do with their kids. Pacifiers are pefectly safe and were recommended by my pediatrition because my second son was comfort nursing and it was killing me because he had thrush.Im sure there are things that you as a parent choose to do that other parents dont agree with.You shouldnt judge or tsk-tsk other parents just because you dont agree.

Laura Gadbois

And no it doesnt make me want to change my ways.I think this article is ridiculous.

Canda... Candace8609

I make sure to wash ds binky if it falls on the floor especially if its in a public place!!!

Betwe... BetweenCourses

With my first baby, he's now 11, when he was 3ish mo old, he was on the floor, sucking on the dog's back foot. We live in the country, so dirty back foot. Since that moment, the regularly mopped grocery store floor doesn't creep me out. P. S he never gets sick, perhaps bc of such a strong immune system

we2an... we2angels

Yeah because their thumb is so much cleaner... Put the kid in a bubble already geesh.

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