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    Let them eat dirt! How our obsession with hygiene is jeopardising our children's health

    Germs are always a big topic when it comes to children. There are everywhere and you can't really prevent them from becoming sick from time to time. Some parents nowadays taking hygiene a bit too far though.

    “Parents today are keeping their children away from the things that are critical to their health,” says Dr Shetreat-Klein, a pediatric neurologist and mother-of-three from New York. “We are sanitizing their lives with cleaning products, pesticides and antibiotics.” Recent research from the journal Occupational Environmental shows that children exposed to bleach actually have more, not fewer infections - including a 20 per cent higher risk of coming down with the flu, she points out. “Microbes, fresh food from healthy soil, time spent in nature, can improve our children’s health immeasurably. No drug can do what being in the forest can.”

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