Children love filth and pay little attention to cleanliness and hygiene – to the annoyance and to the concern of the parents. Fears that a child can catch various diseases due to poor hygiene are, however, unnecessary. A certain degree of cleanliness must be natural, in excess, hygiene in the environment can make you sick.
Until the 90s of the 20th century, hygiene was practiced according to the principle “a lot helps a lot!”. Since the clothes had to be pore-deep clean and disinfectant cleaner advertised with slogans “… and in the bathroom and toilet everything is ok!” For their products. Only towards the end of the 20th century did it become clear that an excess of hygiene weakens the immune system and makes the organism more susceptible to pathogens.
Hygiene in the household
Even if a baby lives in the home, you do not have to overdo it with hygiene. It is important to sterilize vials , teats and pacifiers in the first few months of life , so that the sensitive organism is not unnecessarily burdened. For the clothing and other environment, the normal cleaning with household cleaners is sufficient. Of course, no mold in the house should be buzzing through wet walls or spoiled food. With the spores the child’s immune system is not clear, respiratory diseases and allergies can be the result.
When dealing with food, however, one should act prudently and cleanly. For rotten foods can mess up the sensitive stomachs of our children unnecessarily and at least induce vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Sponges, dish towels and mops are the favorite places of germs in the kitchen. About the cleaning of dishes and surfaces, the pathogens are issued over a large area. In contrast, it helps to change the cleaning materials frequently and wash at 70 degrees. Plastic dishes should not be used if possible, as germs can adhere to plastic surfaces particularly well.
In the sanitary area, of course, cleanliness is just as important. After each use of the toilet, your hands must be washed with soap; Toilet and sink must be cleaned regularly. Again, disinfectants are unnecessary unless a family member suffers from an infectious disease that can be transmitted through the feces.
Hygiene while playing
When kids play outside, they pay less attention to cleanliness than usual. When you see mouths smeared with dirt and grime, or watch a child take a sip of water from a puddle, it quickly turns our heads over and we think on germ burden and various diseases.
But even here the concern is mostly baseless. The immune system of a child is not yet fully developed, but highly active and can easily ward off the pathogens that are in the dirt. Of course, there is always some residual risk that a child will catch a disease or parasite while playing, but the risk is rather low and the diseases that result in this way are relatively easy to cure. It can become dangerous if the place where the child is playing is contaminated with fecal matter. These can transmit worms and other diseases. Often this is the case in sandboxes in public playgrounds, which are used by cats as a toilet.
Cleanliness is a learning process
Over time, children develop their own sense of cleanliness, they imitate the adults and take their views and attitudes to hygiene and cleanliness. From the age of about four, the little ones are able to judge if something is dirty and unhygienic. In part, the pendulum then reverses the opposite. If the child had been grubby before and he did not care how clean it was and how it was, it could become overly sensitive and get excited about the smallest filth.
Too much hygiene makes you sick
Children who grow up in an overly sterile home environment often suffer from infections or allergies . The reason for this is that there are too few requirements for the immune system in infancy and early childhood. So it does not have enough exercise and can not counteract the pathogens that are found everywhere in the environment. The risk of allergies for children growing up on a farm is 50% lower than for city children.
Cleanliness is important, excessive hygiene unnecessary . If you use household cleaning agents such as soft soap or vinegar cleaner when cleaning the house, then the household is sufficiently clean. However, there is no sterility that will have a negative long-term effect on your and your children’s health.