Why are Sterile Environments
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While hygiene is important in order to stay away from infections, it is similarly important to distinguish between a hygienic and a sterile environment. A healthy environment for a baby must include a number of germs and bacteria which contribute to the development of his or her immune system. Accordingly, children who grow up in an overprotective environment and lack exposure to germs and bacteria get sick more often. Stay assured that it is common for a child to pass infections of the upper respiratory tract up to 8 times per year. This has the effect of strengthening his or her immune system.
Don’t expose your infant to bleach and other heavy cleaning solutions on a constant basis. Do not over dosage nor use them too frequently. Let your child have as much contact as possible with the outside world. Research has shown that children who grow up with siblings tend to have stronger immune systems. Accordingly, over-protecting your child from external influences will only weaken his or her immunity against common infections. Similarly, over use of antibiotics will unnecessarily deteriorates your child’s intestinal flora. It will also deteriorate resistance to bacteria while increasing the risk for allergies and asthma. Finally, choosing not to expose your child to the outside cold will make him or her more sensitive to weather changes as he or she grows older.