Do you know how to protect your child from allergies?

Allison Tsai | Jun 12th 2013 Oct 10th 2017

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Sucking on your child’s pacifier to clean it can prevent allergies.
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A recent study found that parents who clean their child’s pacifier by sucking on it themselves reduced their infant’s risk of developing allergies. However, some experts are wary of this method, as other infectious disease can be transmitted from parent to child. Source: [How to Protect Children from Developing Allergies: A HealthCentral Explainer](http://www.healthcentral.com/allergy/c/906496/160897/developing-healthcentral)

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  1. Sucking on your child’s pacifier to clean it can prevent allergies.

    Correct Answer: True

    A recent study found that parents who clean their child’s pacifier by sucking on it themselves reduced their infant’s risk of developing allergies. However, some experts are wary of this method, as other infectious disease can be transmitted from parent to child. Source: [How to Protect Children from Developing Allergies: A HealthCentral Explainer](http://www.healthcentral.com/allergy/c/906496/160897/developing-healthcentral)

  2. C-sections can prevent a child from developing allergies later.

    Correct Answer: False

    C-sections make a child five times more likely to develop allergies, because they are not exposed to the diverse microorganisms in the birth canal, which makes their immune system develop in such a way that they are less likely to have allergies. Source: [How to Protect Children from Developing Allergies: A HealthCentral Explainer](http://www.healthcentral.com/allergy/c/906496/160897/developing-healthcentral)

  3. Having pets increases likelihood of allergies in kids.

    Correct Answer: False

    Prenatal exposure to pets actually decreases a baby’s chance of developing allergies. Source: [How to Protect Children from Developing Allergies: A HealthCentral Explainer](http://www.healthcentral.com/allergy/c/906496/160897/developing-healthcentral)

  4. A mother’s exposure to microbes can protect kids.

    Correct Answer: True

    A 2009 study found that pregnant mice exposed to environmental bacteria triggers a mild inflammatory response that protected her offspring from developing allergies. Source: [How to Protect Children from Developing Allergies: A HealthCentral Explainer](http://www.healthcentral.com/allergy/c/906496/160897/developing-healthcentral)

  5. Living in a desert-like area can eliminate allergens.

    Correct Answer: False

    When you move away from allergens in a certain area, you only move into an area with a different set of allergens that can still trigger your symptoms. Source: [(Infographic) Seasonal Allergies](http://www.healthcentral.com/allergy/c/906496/160504/infographic-allergies)