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October 07, 2017 Saturday 09:37:01 AM IST

Dirt Good for Kids, Boosts Immunity

Parent Interventions

Here’s some sensible news for parents with OCD(Obsessive Cleanliness Disorder).Sterilizing one’s homes and running them like hospitals could endanger the lives of one’s kids by robbing them of their natural immune armor and exposing them to allergies and asthma. Too much of sanitization can cause a child to have a severely hyper sensitized immune system.

 

Prof. Jack Gilbert, Director of the Microbiome Centre at the University of Chicago, USA, has this advise for parents: “Let them rescue a dog, eat food off the floor, play in the soil, dirt is Good!”. Parents were over sterilizing the environment because they don’t understand why dirt is good for humans, the germ expert told The Independent.

 


Exposure to dirt and germs outside will help build strong resistance and a natural immunity to germs, says Prof. Gilbert. There’s no urgency for sanitizing a child’s hands the minute he stops playing in garden mud. Likewise, those who fear that exposure to pets will pack in the germs, are seriously mistaken. Often, hand sanitizers are more damaging to a child’s health than soapy water, opines Prof.Gilbert.

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