Many of the parents, after their child is born, try to keep their home sterile because they think, for the baby to be healthier, that’s an a must. But, that approach is wrong.
Scrubbing the floors, cleaning and washing the toys with which the kids play, not allowing them to be in presence of animals… many of the parents do all these things, or at least some of them. If you are one of them, maybe you should stop right now – the experts advise thatexposure to allergies and bacteria, helpsboost the immune system of the child, which lowers the risk of allergies and asthma later in life.
During the research, the health condition of 467 children was analyzed, from their birth until they are 3 years old. Every year the children went through allergy testing, and the scientists also thoroughly examined the presence of allergies and bacteria in the children’s homes.
The results that came out from the study surprised the researchers – the kids who, until their first year, were in contact with animals as well as cockroaches, seldom had allergic reactions compared to the kids who weren’t exposed to this kind of allergens. In fact, the kids who didn’t had any contact with animals or insects, had three times more allergic reactions than the ones who had.
After these results, the scientists found out that exposing the kids to bacteria in their earlier years also lowers the risk of allergies. “We don’t suggest that parents should not clean their homes and to have cockroaches as pets, but the results from this study point that not everything should be sterile”, says one of the authors of the study.
“An environment that is too clean stimulates the development of asthma and allergies, as well as allergic reaction to food, because of the lack of exposure of the kids in their earlier years”, state the scientists.
Following these results, the experts advise the parents to allow their kids to get dirty, and to avoid using antibacterial soaps and sprays – washing their hands with soap and water will be just enough.