Are our children too clean?

The key is to find balance – we’ve got some do’s and don’ts listed for you that will be of help in development of immunity as well as avoiding infection:

1. Expose Your Child To Mud And Dirt

Encourage exposure to dirt by allowing your baby to crawl on the ground in your house and occasionally even outside. This encourages small amounts of bacteria to be picked up and get transferred to their digestive systems to strengthen their immune systems.

2. Use Hand Sanitizers In Moderation

While sanitizer is a substitute for hand washing, it is in no way a replacement and should only be used when necessary.

3. Use Antibiotics When Absolutely Necessary

Carefully consider and consult your physician about the use of antibiotics. It is not necessary to depend on them for every episode of fever and is extremely unhealthy for the immune system’s ability to fight infections in the long run. Talk to your doctor regarding this before making a decision.

4. The ‘Five-second Rule’ Isn’t True, But It Doesn’t Mean It Is Unhealthy

It takes just milliseconds for pathogens to attach themselves to food. So unless you drop food in an environment you’re not sure about, it’s perfectly alright to follow the five second rule. Additionally, picking up a pacifier off the ground and licking it before giving it to your baby, is healthier.

Now that you have an idea of just how much your child needs his ‘dose’ of germs and dirt, its time you let the messy fun begin!

Published by Smiley Kids South Africa

When you think of a preschool, what do you envision? Are you afraid that your child is still too small to be placed in a structured environment? Does it scare you how they might cope with the separation? Well, don’t be. Preschool can only help your child. Children gain a lot from going to preschool because they become exposed to numbers, letters, and shapes there. But, more importantly, they develop social and emotional skills and learn how to get along with other children, to share and to contribute. My name is Smiley, and on this blog we will share valuable information and talk about the things that matter when it comes to development and growth of your little one!

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