Being too clean has killed beneficial bacteria and mothers should suck their babies’ dummies to wash them and keep their children healthy, research suggests
Mothers should suck their babies’ dummies to clean them, let children eat food from the floor, and get a dog, if they want to keep their families healthy, academics have claimed.
Experts from Cambridge University and University College London said that being too clean has killed beneficial bacteria, which keep the immune system strong.
They also advise frequent walks in the countryside; visiting farms and kissing family members regularly, and exercising in the park rather than at the gym, to top up on healthy bacteria.
Children whose mother’s sucked their dummies to clean them were a third less likely to develop asthma and eczema, Prof Graham Rook, told the Cheltenham Science Festival.