BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) -- For years, parents have been told to clean their baby's pacifier with soap and water.
Now, doctors say there is another method with some unexpected benefits.
According to the Journal of Pediatrics, children whose parents lick their pacifier clean have a lower risk of developing asthma and eczema.
Doctors say the parent's saliva helps boost their child's immune system.
"The theory is, here, that the parent's saliva, which contains normal bacteria, can actually colonize our children with the good bacteria, and that may have incredible health benefits," Pediatrician Dr. Elissa Rubin says.
Experts still suggest that parents wash the pacifier on the top rack of the dishwasher or with hot water and soap at least once a day.
Also, experts advise parents to throw away the pacifier if it has cracks or tears, because those are prime places for bacteria to grow.
Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42
Stocks are falling on Wall Street as traders react to disappointing earnings from U.S. companies.
Working-age military retirees would see fewer dollars in their federal pensions and the Pentagon would get some long-sought stability in spending under Congress' budget deal.
The NSA chief said Wednesday he knows of no better way his agency can help protect the U.S. from foreign threats than with spy programs that collect billions of phone and Internet records from around the world.
Southeastern Conference coaches have voted Auburn's Gus Malzahn coach of the year, and picked his star tailback Tre Mason as the top offensive player.
Monday's decision by the Hoover Board of Education to rescind its decision to cut bus service for the 2014-2015 school year was well received by many.
A Montgomery judge has scheduled a trial June 3 over whether the state government can keep the cash and destroy the gambling machines seized in a raid of VictoryLand casino in Macon County.
It's time for the December sky show. The annual Geminids meteor shower -- the most intense of the year -- will peak Friday night.
Tablet computers are expected to top many kids' holiday lists, but parents need to do their homework first.