A new study just came out and I think it is a little bit disgusting.

A new study found that the best way to clean your kid's pacifier is by licking it. Researchers in Sweden found that when parents at least occasionally cleaned pacifiers by licking or sucking them rather than washing them or boiling them, their kids were significantly less likely to develop some real health problems.

Kids who used licked pacifiers developed fewer allergies and had lower rates of eczema and asthma.The researchers say it's more proof that exposing your kids to some amount of germs is a good thing, because it makes their bodies and immune systems tougher.

All I know is when I have a kid, I am not putting their disgusting pacifier in my mouth to clean it. I will wait til we are home with a sink.

[New York Times]