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Suck That Paci, Dudes! Suck That Paci!

When our first little dude came around, our house was a demilitarized zone. Nothing moved without registering on the sensors, being tracked by anti-injury warheads and intercepted as necessary.

By the time our third little dude came toddling by, we were lucky if the guards hadn’t showed up for work drunk and then got bored before selling off parts of the wall to pay for the weekend cookout.

We were getting a bit slack, is what I’m saying. Mostly because we’d been through it all before.

One of the things I know I did, and possible done by She Who Must Be Pretending She Can’t Hear Me, with Hyper Lad when he was young was take a shortcut to cleaning his pacifier. When Sarcasmo and Zippy the Diaper Boy used binkies, a dropped binkie got sterilized in boiling water before being reinserted in wailing mouth.

We had a number of spares sitting around, just waiting to be used.

Hyper Lad. . . not so much.

If he dropped his pacifier, I mostly just picked it up, sucked off any dirt, spat it out, wiped it off and then reinserted now-clean binkie. None the worse for wear.

What I didn’t know was that I was doing something to Hyper Lad’s immune system. Namely making it better. Yep. Really.

Parents who suck on their child’s pacifier to clean it may be inadvertently reducing that child’s risk of developing allergies, researchers found.

At age 18 months, children born to parents who said they cleaned their child’s pacifier with their mouths were less likely than those born to parents who cleaned the pacifier in other ways to have asthma (odds ratio 0.12, 95% CI 0.01 to 0.99) and eczema (OR 0.37, 95% CI 0.15 to 0.91), according to Bill Hesselmar, MD, PhD, of Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, and colleagues.

So, yeah, it seems as if slobbering on your little dudes and little dudettes can modify the bacteria in their guts and also modify their bodies’ response to various allergens. How cool is that?

We’ve always known that babies who drank breast milk inherited a portion of their mother’s immune resistance to various bugs and such, but this here is new. There are concerns, however, mostly with. . . cavities?

There is the possibility that cariogenic bacteria (which can cause dental cavities) can be transferred: “However, caries seems to be unrelated to pacifier use and may even be negatively associated with ‘close’ salivary contact between infant and parent,” the researchers wrote.

They acknowledged that the study was limited by the small sample size and by the difficulty of diagnosing asthma in early childhood, and called for replication in larger studies and in older children.

Still pretty cool. I wonder if I can get away with spitting on the little dudes now and then telling them it’s for their own good?


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Safety For Summer Also Starts Here Too

Okay, dudes. We all know it’s a good idea to start slow when you’re introducing your pale, pallid body back to the rigors of the summer sun and heat. Or at least you should after the great write-up I gave the entire subject yesterday.

Well, I’m back with a little more information on the subject. And, this time, I’ve got some advice especially for you dudes to remember as summer approaches.

You ready? Of course you are. Here it is. The advice? Start slowly.

I know it seems redundant, considering it’s what I said yesterday. However, this time I’m talking about all those exercises you put off over the winter. After all, if you didn’t do all those exercises over the winter, it’s not like anyone would notice through the sweater, jacket and overcoat you wore all winter long. Which means you’ve probably gained a few pounds and certainly lost a step.

But, being dudes, we’re more likely to step outside and immediately try to regain the form we last had four to five months ago. Guys, it’s not going to work. If you’ve been slacking off on the exercise so you could eat more junk food, you’re not ready to simply resume the whole process.

Again, begin exercising and only gradually increase the difficulty and the length you’re exercising. If you used to run five miles every other day, don’t start off doing that on day one. Work your way up to it. Do some walking and running for shorter distances. Get back to the running, but don’t hit the full five miles. Eventually, when you’re ready, then go for it.

Which reminds me of another little thing I need to add for you dudes. Summer is going to be hot. Really, really hot. You think you know how hot, but you don’t. Not really. You’ve forgotten just how bad it gets during the summer.

Which means you’ve also forgotten the rhythm and habit of drinking a lot of water when you’re working outside. Even something as simple as mowing the lawn can call for several glasses of water. Not beer, understand, but water. You need to replace the fluids you’re going to sweat out and beer just doesn’t replace fluids all that well. Unless the fluid you’re trying to replace is the water in the toilet bowl.

So remember, as you’re heading outside, whether to exercise, mow the lawn, or just enjoy yourself in the great outdoors, make sure you take it slowly, get used to the new rules for summer and have a lot of safe, happy fun.

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Let Me In

by Richard

So, yeah, Sarcasmo has been accepted to two of the colleges to which he applied this year. With that success in mind, I wanted to go over a couple of tips for those of you who have young dudes who are about to go through this gauntlet.

1. I know it seems silly, but have your young dude keep a list of all the books and magazines he reads from his junior year on. There were actually some schools that wanted a list and it was a lot easier to come up with a good list since Sarcasmo had already been tracking it. You’ll want to include books the young dude reads for school and those he reads for fun.

2. Line up your references early. Your young dudette should approach friends of the family who know her well, sports coaches and school teachers to ask them about the possibility of a reference. Most schools will have an on-line form to fill out, so it’s not too hard a job, but it’s best to get the okays out of the way so you’re not scrambling at the last minute.

3. When your kid signs up for senior-year classes, make sure he doesn’t slack off. Colleges will look to make sure he’s not taking his senior year off, with a class schedule of underwater basketweaving and advanced frisbee golf.

4. Don’t wait to take the SAT or the ACT. These college entrance exams are — for the most part — required. Sarcasmo started taking his SATs during his junior year. That way, when we all decided he needed to try a couple of extra times to improve his scores, he was able to do so without putting off his college applications. You might also want to look into an SAT prep course if the young dudette is taking her tests early. They do work.

5. Go ahead and write an essay or three. This was one Sarcasmo hated. He started the process by declaring he’d never apply to a school that required an essay. That lasted bout 10 minutes. What he did was to go through a bunch of old essay questions and then pick out a general-sounding essay topic and wrote 600 or so words on that topic. He was able to use this essay as the basis for most of the essays he had to turn in to apply. It was great for him, knowing he already had an essay in the bank and would only have to change a few things.

I’ll be back tomorrow with more.

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