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Maintaining your house clean is dangerous for your kids

Maintaining your house clean is dangerous for your kids|

Making your house too clean can be dangerous for your children. Sterility, it seems, comes at a price.

Have you ever thought that we are too clean? As the old people say, you’ve got to eat a peck of dirt in your time. They are right actually. The reason resides in the bacteria we’re exposed to early in life and our immune system.

We actually need 99.9 per cent of household germs to prime our fledgling immune system to mature and behave itself. Exposing a child to an array of household germs helps free them from the dangers of developing allergies, including asthma.

On the other hand, raising children in environments that are too clean leads to a weak immune system that will make the fundamental error of firing off whenever it meets an unfamiliar invader; that’s an allergic response.

This is called a “hygiene hypothesis” of allergies. Worse than that, this weakened immune system will run the risk of attacking your own body (autoimmune disease), possibly leading to MS, rheumatoid arthritis or even diabetes.

We’re obsessed with cleanliness, and we believe the ads saying we must “kill 99.9 per cent of all household germs”.

So for the sake of your children, walk past the products in the supermarket aisle displaying all manner of antibacterial products to keep your home. Every surface, your laundry and now even the air in your home that your child breathes is germ free.

It’s wrong and it’s dangerous. When you see a household product promising to kill 99.9 per cent of household germs, leave it on the shelf. For your children’s sake.

By Times Of India.

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