Is it OK for doggies to lick babies’ faces?

In this Ask Dr. B column, Dr. Baum, Chief of Staff of Center-Sinai Animal Hospital in LA, answers the oft asked question, Is it OK for doggies to lick babies' faces?

Dear Dr. Baum —

My son says that a dog’s mouth is the cleanest. He says it’s so clean that it’s OK for doggies to lick babies’ faces. Is that true? I don’t want the dog to lick anyone’s face.

Thanks, Patricia, New Bedford, Massachusetts USA

Dear Patricia:

There is no problem with your son’s dog licking the baby’s face. As a matter of fact, I left the first pediatrician that cared for our children due to his insistence that it was an unsanitary practice

Dr. B


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