Is there anything worse than seeing your child fall down and hurt themselves? It just cuts through your heart to see them hurting, even if it’s just a little scrape. Just about any parent’s first reaction is to run over and kiss it better. That always seems to help stop the crying, acting as a loving kind of placebo effect. Well – good news, it is not just a gesture of love to make your little one feel better.
Research is showing that saliva has properties that can actually advance recovery, which is why cuts in the mouth heal quicker. Makes perfect sense right? Professor Vicente Torres, of the University of Chile, states “These findings open new alternatives to better understand the biology underlying the differences between oral and skin wound healing. We believe the study could help the design of better approaches to improve wound healing in tissues other than the mouth.”
Professor Torres uses all sorts of cool scientific medical jargon such as histatin -1 and a process known medically as angiogenesis. What does that mean you ask? I don’t know, I’m not a scientist, but I do know that if it’s going to make my little one feel better and heal quicker…I’m all for kissing it and making it better.
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