So I am one of those germ-a-phobes who refuse to let my kids do fun stuff like eat mud and lay a hand on snails and frogs, so I am coming to realize I am doing these little ones a huge disservice. When my son started crawling around our home, grabbing everything in view and putting much of it in his mouth, a toy that a neighbors dog, just chewed on, a shoe the has been into the public bathroom, all got munched on. I freaked out!
How many parents tussle with the thought of exposing their child to germs and infection in daycare/pre-schools and hoping this will strengthen their immune system? I was reading about a mother who just put her son in kindergarten and he’s forever sick. Her pediatrician said that because he stayed at home most of the time and did not go to daycare or pre-school her immune system needed to adjust. “Now some immunology experts are beginning to agree that germs that many parents bleach and disinfect out of existence might help children.”Hygiene hypothesis” holds that when babies are exposed to germs, it helps them fight allergies and asthma later.”
Okay! So be happy to let your toddler crawl around the house, restaurants, even the doctor’s office, and put their fingers and other dirty objects into her mouth. A little germ will not hurt after all…. yucky. Oh my parental pet-peeve: parents who let their sick child go to school, and in public play areas, like seriously!
Let me know what you think~ would knowing expose your kid to a little germs