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Moms Who Give Babies Pacifiers Need to Clean Up Their Act

by Jeanne Sager on November 7, 2012 at 12:06 PM

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?


Image via porcupinex/Flickr

Filed Under: baby gear, baby health, pacifiers


  • Shandi80


    November 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Don't people wash the pacifiers regularly? That's pretty gross if they don't.

  • momto...


    November 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    I need a comparison.  Like, what is the germ content of the baby's thumb or hand or favorite toy- all things that go into his/her mouth.

    Germs have been on pacis for ages.  Somehow kids have survived.  Good thing we have immune systems.

  • Rosas...


    November 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM
    Yeah if it doesn't make them sick and it doesn't taste bad then really I don't care, everybody needs to get over their germ obsession, it doesn't matter how many different types of bacteria there are on something, it only matters if the bacteria are harmful and even then it doesn't matter unless there are the right conditions for them to affect someone to any degree and even then it still doesn't matter cos u can't just wrap ur kid uP in bubble wrap and not let the world touch them
  • Mrscj...


    November 7, 2012 at 12:40 PM
    Germs are a necessary evil. Without germs you'll stay sick all the time. None of the kids was sick and pacifers have been around for a long time. So the point of the story was what to scare people?
  • ILove...


    November 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    I always washed, sterilized & had a few clean ones on hand just in case one hits the floor. I would rather my kid suck a pacifier than the handle of a shopping cart like I see more than I want to when I am out. That's really GROSS!!!

  • Maevelyn


    November 7, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    I wash when they get older and I sterilize my almost 10 weeks old pacis regularly. If you keep enough on hand it's not hard. Last week at walmart I saw a little girl who was maybe a year and a half throw her paci on the floor and the dad picked it up and PUT IT BACK IN HER MOUTH. I almost threw up. Plus, at a year and a half my kids don't get things back if they throw them on the floor because they are upset. That's call a teaching moment.

  • Roxygurl


    November 7, 2012 at 1:10 PM
    I throw them in the dishwasher daily
  • jec72579


    November 7, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    I have 2 kids. My 1st (poor kid, she's 12, and I'm surprised she survived with me!) wasn't allowed to have a pacifier, because they are so bad,  because they ruin kids teeth, they don't let babies learn how to calm themselves, and... because of the germs...  By the time I had my second, however, that all went out the window.... EXCEPT the germ thing... I always carried extra binkies with me though, for when he dropped them. I never gave it to him after he dropped it, I would give him a fresh clean one, and then, only if he needed it. Normally, they were reserved for when we were in public and he was screaming...

    I always thought it was pretty nasty when I sawa baby drop a binky on a dirty ground, a mother stick the binky into her equally dirty mouth, and then shove said binky back into her child's mouth! ICKYYYYY !!!!!  

  • MammaMel
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    November 7, 2012 at 1:13 PM
    PACIWIPES!!! They are AMAZING!
  • LSeab...


    November 7, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    I always thought it was pretty nasty when I sawa baby drop a binky on a dirty ground, a mother stick the binky into her equally dirty mouth, and then shove said binky back into her child's mouth! ICKYYYYY !!!!!  

    Guilty. Judge me all you want. It is what it is. My child is almost 4 and never had a sick visit to the Dr and has never been on an antibiotic. DEADLY germs must be doing something right... I get so sick of all the high and mighty parents out there. Last person that I knew that was perfect walked on water....


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