It’s only natural to be overprotective of your children – you made them after all! But new research suggests that letting your kids roll around on the floor and come into contact with some of the grossest things in your house could actually help make their systems stronger.
According to a Time report on a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, babies exposed to the things we vigorously try to remove from our homes – including mouse dander, cat dander and cockroach droppings – were less likely to be wheezing by age three.
Turns out that kids who are entirely allergy-free are likely to have grown up in homes with the most allergens and bacteria around. By contrast, those who were best protected from the allergens and bacteria wound up most likely to have allergies and asthma. Yikes!
How come? Well, as Time says,
“It’s possible you’ve heard of the ‘hygiene hypothesis,’ which is the speculation that people who suffer from chronic allergies are actually too clean, meaning that children kept in too-sterile an environment never build immunities to common allergens.”
So when it comes to your children, as strange as it may seem, letting them play around on the floor and in the dirt (within reason) might just save them a lifetime of respiratory issues and allergies down the road. Plus, they’re probably also having fun! Win, win!
To further boost their developing immune systems this winter, consider giving your kids Releaf Echinacea kids chews, a product of natural origin that may help relieve symptoms of the common cold and fight off respiratory tract infections. They also come in a delicious sugar-free orange flavour and contain vitamin C, an essential vitamin for the maintenance of good health.