Posts Tagged ‘immune system’

A little dirt is good for kids

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

mudThere’s good news for moms already juggling too many household responsibilities. If your home isn’t 100% spotless and germ-free, it’s ok! Turns out, a little dirt is good for children, especially babies.

When babies are first born, their immune systems have yet to be developed. The immune system is the body’s natural defense mechanism, which helps protect your baby from illnesses and diseases throughout her life. Being in contact with some germs and dirt can actually help train your baby’s immune system to respond and defend itself from infection and illnesses.

An article in today’s New York Times suggests that a baby’s desire to put things in his mouth may in part be nature’s instinctive way to kick start his immune system by putting him in contact with germs.

So the next time your baby or kid gets his hands a little dirty, no need to panic. A little dirt here and there is okay!