Science Says Getting Dirty Is Actually Good For Your Kids
Oh, and the five second rule is a total lie.
Attention parents: Don’t feel guilty about giving that pacifier back to your kid after it fell on the floor. According to a book called “Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System” by Jack Gilbert, kids should get dirty, play with animals and eat colorful veggies.
@NPR That’s good. Sometimes The pacifier didn’t always get a rinse.
According to Gilbert, exposure to most germs actually strengthens and stimulates kids’ immune systems. Gilbert also says the five-second rule doesn’t exist. Seriously. Unless you drop that piece of toast in an area that’s at high risk of dangerous pathogens, which is virtually impossible, then there’s no risk to your kid. So, let your kid stomp around in the mud and let the family dog lick ’em on the way in. Your child’s health could depend on it.