While it can seem like keeping your children clean and away from dust and dirt is the best way to make sure they stay healthy; science will tell you otherwise. So, In The Name Of Good Health: Please Let Children Get Dirty.

In The Name Of Good Health: Please Let Children Get Dirty

According to B. Brett Finlay, Ph.D., and Marie-Claire Arrieta, Ph.D, it might actually be far more beneficial – in the name of good health – to let your kids get a little dirty.

In the last few years, scientist have really started to understand just how important a role bacteria play in our health, especially for growing bodies, and in the book Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World, Finlay and Arrieta argue just how beneficial it is for children to be exposed to healthy bugs.

According to the authors, new research has shown that one of the most critical time periods for setting up the body with its microbes is the first 100 days of an infant’s life. And while they (obviously) don’t recommend putting your infant down in the dirt, Finlay and Arrieta believe that children exposed to a diverse set of microbes are “more likely to develop an immune system capable of defending against pretty serious things like diabetes, asthma, and negative reactions to vaccines”.

The authors also point out the importance of avoiding the use of antibiotics unless it is absolutely necessary.

In The Name Of Good Health: Please Let Children Get Dirty

Here are two important recommendations based on these findings:

1.- Stop using cleaning products and hand gels that are antibacterial. They are at best a waste of money, at worst, very harmful to your health.

2.- Make sure that your children are being exposed to a healthy and normal amount of dirt and bacteria.

How? This one is so easy!  Jut let them play out in the sandpit, be outside in nature, dig for treasure, have a dog, visit public playgrounds and interact with other children.

Let children play outside and enjoy nature.  They will also be building a stronger immune system!

In The Name Of Good Health: Please Let Children Get Dirty

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Irod says:

    Thank you for this article. After reading studies on this issue, I have tried not to over sterilize my children’s environment as I too believe this leads to a hypersensitive immune system with negative consequences. There is a report completed by the University of Michigan school of public health that makes a strong case for your first recommendation as well. Very informative post.