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!