Baby pacifiers Becomes Source of Germs and Fungi?
A U.S. research shows that baby pacifiers are fertile grounds for the growth of bacteria and fungi that can be dangerous. The germs that can grow there are also quite diverse, ranging from Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumonia, until fungus.
Baby pacifiers which are exposed to bacteria brins biofil , which is the bacterial coating that changes the balance of microbes in the mouth and is very resistant to most antibiotics. These biofilms can cause ear infections and other diseases in the future.
However, research is still carried out on a small scale. Researchers studied 10 baby pacifiers owned by healthy infants and seven new pacifiers. From all of these, researchers found more than 40 kinds of bacteria on pacifiers that belongs to a healthy baby. Five are contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumonia and fungus.
But mothers do not need to panic just yet. To avoid adverse effects of germs on the baby, the pacifiers should always be washed after leaving the baby’s mouth. Use dish soap using cold water, then let it air dry.
To clean it, the pacifiers can also be soaked in a solution of baking soda and water. Store the in a plastic container, or clean it using a tissue. Cleaning regularly will prevent biofilm layer on the pacifiers. This will maintain babies oral hygiene.
However not everyone agrees that these bacterias on the pacifiers can give bad effects. One is Dr. Bruce Hirsch from the North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York.
“Dirty pacifiers can be good for children. Exposure to some types of bacteria in childhood will help the baby develop and strengthen their immune system,” he said as reported by the NY Daily News.