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I'm so glad that people are starting to re-learn this valuable lesson! I've noticed this on my own as well - if you grow up playing outside and getting dirty, you'll be less affected by outside allergens as an adult. I grew up playing in my grandparent's forest and fields, and I am minimally affected by the incredibly high pollen count that Eugene, Oregon has. I'm so grateful!

 

Girls who play in dirt grow up healthier according to researcher

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Young girls who play in the mud tend to end up healthier than those who don't, according to a researcher at Oregon State University. (AP Photo)
Playing house, collecting Barbie dolls, and wearing dresses are common acts of raising a young girl in our society. But according to a recent study, it could be detrimental to their health.

Sharyn Clough, a researcher at Oregon State University, has discovered that women who have higher rates of allergies, and other autoimmune disorders are a result of being too clean. In other words, parents who let their children run amok in dirt or mud tend to have healthier kids.

"Look, if you're okay having your little boy play in the dirt, you should be okay having your little girl play out in the dirt as well," Clough explained to King 5.

Women infected with the auto-immune disease Lupus outnumber their male counterparts 9-to-1. While there isn't a concise explanation as to why the disease occurs more frequently in women, the expectation for young girls to stay cleaner than boys may provide a reason.

"Little boys are more often than little girls encouraged to play in the dirt. Little girls are dressed in clothing that's not supposed to get dirty," added Clough.

Being exposed to high amounts of bacteria found in dirt can actually help build a healthier immune system.

"There is some thought that getting exposed to things, even parasites and different microbial elements in the dirt, might actually improve the overall immunity that a child develops," said Dr. Aoi Mizushima of Providence Medical Group Family Practice.

Check out the rest of the article here: Girls who play in the dirt grow up healthier according to researcher

 

post #2 of 4

I love letting my little girl play outside, too. There's too many other things to worry about to keep kids out of the dirt forever! Thanks for sharing this.

 

Though I can relate to the comment about little girls being dressed in clothing that's not supposed to get dirty. But there are lots of cute clothes that can get dirty & cleaned, too.

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I agree with you.

What you say can make girls more independent and grow up healthily.

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Next week i would be visiting Koh Tao Thailand for a vacation of 2 weeks with my baby girl, has anyone been there before? is it safe to do so? She is 1.6 years old.

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