Parenting comes with a natural instinct to protect the young ones from danger, including the flesh-eating viruses and bugs. Parents will blast their children with sanitizers and clean their homes with the strongest bleach that promises to wipe the bacteria and viruses from the face of the earth. Well, dear mothers, put your feet up, dump the bleach and let your babies get dirty. Science has proved that dirt is pretty healthy after all.
Canadian microbiologists released a study that shows dirt is good for developmental growth of the little ones. Before you shoot the messenger, listen and read the report findings from the scientists.
First on the list is anti-bacterial products and hand sanitizers. While the products do an excellent cleaning job, they contain chemicals that interfere with the growth hormones in children. Some of the chemical elements affect endocrine disruptors, and that results in developmental and early-onset puberty issues.
We often assume bacteria causes diseases. However, bacteria are essential to proper functioning and development of our bodies. When the human body lacks some essential microbes and a supporting diet, cases such as obesity, allergies, asthma and chronic conditions tend to upsurge.
Here is a little refresher biology lesson to help you understand. Our bodies have ten microbes in every cell. It means that we are walking bacteria farms and that keeps us healthy. With an advanced knowledge of bacteria, you will appreciate the crucial role played by probiotics in our bodies.
Continuously blasting the hand sanitizer on your toddler’s hand destroys the good and bad bacteria. Indiscriminately killing the bacteria found in dirt affects the child’s immunity system. The microbes present in the dirt train the child’s immunity system to deal with bacteria by populating in their gut flora. Additionally, the bacteria have a myriad of healthy roles in the body.
The report further shows the link between the role played by bacteria and occurrence of diseases such as asthma, allergies, depression, and autism in the Western societies. Children whose families have dogs have 20 percent chance of not getting asthma. The tricky parts, though, a large percentage of those microbes are present in dog feces. The microbes of the host animal are present in the feces, and several experiments are done on the fecal matter for repopulation of gut flora for patients under antibiotic treatments.
Babies are exposed to the microbes in the birth canal during childbirth. The vaginal microbes boost the child’s immune system. C-section born children are at risk of developing conditions such as asthma and autism.
With findings from the research, you can toss out the anti-bacterial cleaning products and go easy on your cleaning regimens. You might also consider allowing outdoor playing once in a while. Probably, it would be a good idea to skip on bathing the young ones on a daily basis.
How can you create a diet that supports the growth of the gut bacteria? Worry not; it does not entail feeding your babies with garden soil. Encourage them to eat vegetables, whole grains, fibrous fruit, and drink plenty of water.