In the long run, it may be that what you do now [using a pacifier] may have a lot to do with whether a child ends up developing atherosclerosis or type 2 diabetes.Completely misleading and deceptive and dangerous I would say. And alas, the story has been crawling it's way around the web picking up speed. Now it is at Time.Com with another story about Glass' work: Bacteria on Binkies: A Recipe for Crankiness | TIME.com. Glass apparently is now blaming biofilms of pacifiers for all the problems. And again Dr. Glass is (mis)leading the charge against pacifiers.
A lot of times when a child is cranky, the first thing a parent does is reach for a pacifier,” says Dr. R. Tom Glass, the study’s principal investigator and a professor of forensic sciences, pathology and dental medicine at Oklahoma State University. “But what are you using to treat the crankiness? It’s a vicious cycle.and
"biofilms can potentially increase the likelihood of colic or ear infections and could possibly heighten the risk of allergies or asthma, says Glass."The reporter does present some skepticism from parents and from the literature. But come one - why even report this crap from Glass. I mean - I am all for keeping babies from getting sick and pacifiers very well may be a source of some nasties. But let's think about the big picture here. Parents buy pacifier. Parents open package. Parents give to baby. Baby puts in mouth. Baby drops pacifier and it gets dirt on it as well as some germs. Baby puts back in mouth. Pacifier gets left on counter. Things from babies mouth grow on pacifier. Baby puts pacifier back in mouth. And so on. Tell me again where the pacifier introduces bad germs to this system?
UPDATE: some reading material
Thanks for commenting on the BabyCenter Blog. It's not everyday we hear from experts and Ted talkers. Since motherhood often breeds germaphobia, it's good to get some perspective.ReplyDelete
Posted another comment in response to your question about thumbs vs. pacifiers.Delete
Of course the natural progression of this germophobia would be to start marketing rolls of disposable, single-use, individually wrapped pacifiers. Probably with a slow color changing dye to encourage parents to change them at least once a day...ReplyDelete