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Dirty children are (happy) healthy children. Scientists call: let children get dirty


We want the best for our children. That is why we do everything to bring them up in the best conditions. We vacuum, wash floors regularly, use disinfectant fluids, and often buy antibacterial soaps to get rid of 'bad' bacteria. Meanwhile, scientists are increasingly louder that instead of strengthening our children, we are weakening them. It turns out that infants and toddlers who come into contact with animals, dust, allergens are less exposed to allergies and the development of asthma. Their immunity is greater, they get sick less often.

Particularly important period of infancy

Infants are now brought up in such a way that they rarely come into contact with dirt. Most mothers get weak just thinking that such a small child could play in sand or soil. No wonder, babies are known for exploring the world with their mouths, which is why we protect them so that they don't put anything in their mouths that shouldn't be there.

Meanwhile, in our caution, we often cross the dangerous border, which is referred to as "raising children under the shade." Unfortunately, this lampshade, although it seems attractive at first, shows its second face over time.

Study published in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology shows that children who come into contact with allergens and dirt in the first year of life are much less likely to develop allergies and asthma at a later time. Researchers examined 467 babies from Boston, New York and St. Louis. They visited the houses where they grew up, measuring the number of allergens in them. The amount of bacteria in the dust was also checked.

Children who lived in a house with a cat, mice and even cockroach droppings (!) Were much less likely to suffer from allergies at the age of 3 years. Children with more bacteria in their homes had stronger immunity.

Does it mean that it's time to give up cleaning and invite vermin home?

It's not the point. Scientists indicate so as not to limit the child's contact with the natural environment, allow crawling on the grass, not avoid going to the forest, and do not prohibit contact with animals. Of course, everything under the watchful eye of a parent.

The problem of too clean children

More and more research results prove what our grandparents knew intuitively.

Raising children in sterile conditions is not good for them. Children should be able to get dirty and have contact with various allergens, bacteria found in the natural environment. The more of them, the better. It turns out that the activity of our immune system depends on it, which is how it trains in immune reactions. In addition, every day we live in symbiosis with millions of bacteria found on the skin and in the digestive system. They protect our body against pathogens. However, for them to be able to do this, they must be in contact with various external factors.

Old proverbs hide more wisdom than we think. Today we know that a dirty child is not only a happy child. It should be added - a healthy child. Children know what is good for them much more often.