Don’t be too cautious as dirt is good for your children, parents told

Playing in the mud
Playing in the mud
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What you need to know:

  • The types of microbes you receive depend on where you are born, how you are delivered, and every surface you touch in the first 24 hours of life
  • Within days of birth there is a large amount of T-cell activity that creates tolerance in the immune system to the bacteria on the skin.
  • If the immune system does not see a pathogen early in life, the body will not be trained to fight.

As Covid-19 continues ravaging the world, more children are spending less time outdoors.


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