It’s very important for children to do their personal hygiene, and to wash their hands regularly. However, too much cleaning can lead to serious health problems. Studies show that the younger ones need germs to develop immunity to certain diseases.
Microbiologist Marie-Claire Arrieta says using hand sanitizers, antibacterial soaps and overdose of antibiotics has a negative impact on our children’s immunity. This same woman is also the co-author of a book called “Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving our Children from an Oversanitized World.”
Too much cleaning is harmful
The expert believes exaggerated cleaning is contributing to diseases such as allergies and obesity. Marie-Claire Arrieta explains that when we are born, we do not have germs and our immune system is still underdeveloped. However, when germs come into action, they activate our immunity so that it works properly.
If there is too much hygiene, we will be killing healthy bacteria. The lack of exposure to these will contribute to the appearance of numerous diseases. Scientists consider exposure to dirt, especially early in our lives, necessary for our immunity. Thus, the immune system can be properly trained and prevent the development of certain conditions.
In an investigation by the specialist, it has been found that children in a rural setting are less likely to develop asthma. The same benefit applies to those who have pets, more specifically dogs.
Of course hygiene is essential to our health, and it also prevents diseases. We should always wash our hands before meals, for example, or after playing in places with many bacteria. However, if your child is in the yard playing with dirt, you do not have to run to clean him. There must always be a balance: maintain hygiene, but let children have some microbial exposure.
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Source: Conti Outra