Is Your House Too Clean? It Could Be Harming Your Kids

By Rebecca Lewis on April 21, 2017

Many parents would go all the way to keeping their house clean and ensure that their kids don’t get any contact with disease-causing germs and bacteria. Unfortunately, an ultra-clean environment may be bad for children’s health, according to experts.

In a landmark book “Dirt Is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System”, two scientists explain how evidence is growing to show that not only can dirt and germs can protect against disease - but that our indoor-based, uber-clean lifestyles are weakening our immune systems.

The theory is that some exposure to germs and microorganisms in early childhood may actually be good for one’s health because it actually helps develop the immune system. According to the authors, without early exposure to dirt and germs, the immune system doesn’t learn how to control its reaction to everyday invaders such as dust and pollen.

And while the increase in hygiene practices, such as boiling water and pasteurizing milk, has helped ward off a number of diseases and deaths, negative consequences are suffered by children who grow up in super clean homes.

This isn’t the first time that this has been established. Last year, a study published in the England Journal of Medicine has found that those who were living in environments described as ’rich in microbes,’ or full of barnyard dust, had very low rates of asthma. Another research found that in rural houses and huts, most of the bacteria were related to the surrounding environment.

’We used to live in much dustier environments,’ Dr Marsha Wills-Karp, a professor of environmental health and engineering at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, told The New York Times.

’’While you don’t want to go out and expose your child to aggressive infections, you don’t want to create such a sterile environment that their immune system doesn’t develop normally,’ she said.

Source of this article:

Why your clean house is BAD for your kids: Parents are desperate to protect their children from bacteria. But scientists warn dirt is essential to build up immunity

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