Benefits of Kids Getting Dirty

Exposure to dirt and germs helps children’s immune systems. The effects of those good germs on little bodies is good for them. There is a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

The relationships between kids and germs was incredibly reassuring. It turned out that most of the exposure to germs actually beneficial So that dirty pacifier that fell on the floor—if you just stick it in your mouth and lick it, and then pop it back in little jackson's mouth, it's actually going to stimulate their immune system. Their immune system's going to become stronger because of it.

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It's fine to wash children’s hands if there's a cold or a flu virus around, but if they're interacting with a dog, and the dog licks their face, that's not a bad thing, in fact that could be extremely beneficial for the child's health, ‘so a scientist says’.

So, what's the reason why small amounts of dirt and germs help kids?

The infection-fighting cells in our bodies become “grumpy and pro-inflammatory" when they're waiting for something to do. So, without small amounts of germs of fight off along the way, those cells become “explosively inflammatory" when they finally do get to tango, this is what triggers asthma and eczema and often times, food allergies.

Should children use hand-sanitizer?

No. Warm soapy water is the better bet in most cases.

Is it okay for a kid to eat something more than five seconds after it fell on the floor?

It takes microbes less than a second to attach to food. The bigger question is just how contaminated do you think the surface really is? In most homes, this isn't too big of a concern.

Should you wash or lick a pacifier after it fell?

Good news to the mamas who never got around to buying those pacifier wipes: a study shows of more than 300,000 children, which showed children of moms in the habit of licking off dirty pacifiers actually had lower rates of asthma, allergies and eczema. Overall, this makes their health stronger and more robust.

Next time your toddler eats a handful of dirt, remember this: You're just doing your part in raising a healthy kid.