Would you do this if there were a chance...?

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Would you do this if there were a chance...?
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Mon, 05-06-2013 - 2:34pm

I just made a batch of birthday cupcakes for the classroom and bought extra treats for the kidlings with allergies to gluten and peanuts.  I've read the "latest" about curing food allergies ~ extremely teeny tiny and gradual exposure to each allergen under the supervision of a dr.   Recently, a study came out praising the attachment parents and the parent licking the pacifier before baby uses it:

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/04/30/peds.2012-3345.abstract?sid=e339ee13-6700-435d-9cfb-4244f2ed38d5

Coincidence or do you think this can work?  Any thoughts?

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Mon, 05-06-2013 - 3:22pm

I'm about as far from an attachment parent as one can get and I did from time to time stick the girls' paci in my mouth to "clean' it -- but that was just my laziness -- i'm pretty sure it did neither harm nor good

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Mon, 05-06-2013 - 3:31pm

I have to admit that my first thought upon hearing this story was not about the child at all, but more along the lines of "what am I cleaning off of it?"  

I'm having trouble getting past that part.  I don't think I'd do it.  Now, granted, I'm speaking from my own experience as the parent of a child who didn't give a rat's rear end about the paci.  Different experience might have led to different levels of desperation...but I still don't think I'd have done it for potential health benefits to him.  


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Tue, 05-07-2013 - 1:49pm
I wouldn't intentionally lick my baby's pacifier for this reason specifically, but I've never been the type of parent that tries to keep a sterile environment around my kids. They are meant to get dirty. I'm a big believer in the 5 second rule!

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Wed, 05-08-2013 - 6:07pm

thardy2001 wrote:
<p>I just made a batch of birthday cupcakes for the classroom and bought extra treats for the kidlings with allergies to gluten and peanuts.  I've read the "latest" about curing food allergies ~ extremely teeny tiny and gradual exposure to each allergen under the supervision of a dr.   Recently, a study came out praising the attachment parents and the parent licking the pacifier before baby uses it:</p><p>http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/04/30/peds.2012-3345.abstract?sid=e339ee13-6700-435d-9cfb-4244f2ed38d5</p><p>Coincidence or do you think this can work?  Any thoughts?</p>

Exposure therapy is very promising, but unsurprising since it is the gold standard for environmental allergies (allergy shots are exposure therapy). But occasionally cleaning the paci in my own mouth didn't keep DD from her allergies. Nor did having a dog. Likewise, growing up around dust bunnies w/pets didn't keep my sister and me from our allergies. Genetics are pretty powerful...

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