Pacifiers, which are used by up to 85 percent of American babies, can be tainted with millions of harmful germs and fungi, from Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae to mold, according to a new study presented at the 2012 American Society for Clinical Pathology Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.
|Pacifiers are very popular but can
also be very dirty.
What’s the Best Way to Sanitize Pacifiers?
- Any time a pacifier pops out of a baby’s mouth, it should be cleaned, no matter where it lands.
- Wash pacifiers with dish soap and water, then air dry; or soak them in denture-cleaning solution or baking soda solution (one teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in 8 ounces of water).
- Bring several pacifiers, stored in a clean baggie, on outings, so you have spares if one is dropped or soiled.
- Replace pacifiers every 2 weeks, so they don’t grow a disease-causing biofilm.
- Also replace your baby’s pacifiers after an illness, to avoid reinfection.