Pacifiers and the 5-Second Rule
Here is the word on the 5-Second Rule.
- It is just not a good idea to eat anything that has fallen on the floor
- or to give a pacifier back to a child after it has landed on the floor without washing it.
We are back to the “COMMON SENSE” Rule here. As much as we would like to believe it would be okay it is not.
Also cleaning a pacifier off in your own mouth falls under the “YUK” Rule.
“Q. You know the five-second rule for dropped food? Is it really safe if you pick it up in time?
A. “The five-second rule probably should become the zero-second rule,” said Dr. Roy M. Gulick, chief of the division of infectious diseases at Weill Cornell Medical College. “Eating dropped food poses a risk for ingestion of bacteria and subsequent gastrointestinal disease, and the time the food sits on the floor does not change the risk.”