Is your house too clean?
I saw this article on the Parents Magazine Blog and couldn't pass it up. Any thing that give me an excuse NOT to clean sounds good to me :)
A new study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that exposing babies to things like cat dander, bacteria, and other pathogens significantly reduces the risk of allegies or asthma. The catch is it has to be BEFORE AGE ONE. Keeping a baby in a sanitary bubble up until then and then letting them be exposed actually increases the likelihood of developing allergies. Kids who weren't exposed before their first birthday were three times more likely to have allergies or asthma.
The researchers think exposure decreases risk because it gives the baby's immune system something real to fight, rather then freaking out over something harmless like peanuts.
I'm pretty sure they're not advocating letting your house fall to filth, but letting your little baby get a little dirty is good for them. Don't worry about vacuuming or sweeping too much and don't freak out if their pacifier touches the floor :)
I'm not the best housekeeper so I think I'm well on my way to preventing allergies in Avery, LOL.
What do you think about letting your babies get a little dirty?