For most new parents, letting someone touch their newborn without sanitizing their hands first is a horror story. It’s just something you don’t let happen. This clean-is-better mentality often continues for years; many parents are hesitant to let their kids get dirty and obsessively sanitize every surface. But a new book is telling parents to stop stressing out so much.
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“The Dirt Cure” by pediatric neurologist and New Yorker Maya Shetreat-Klein argues that too much sanitation is bad for kids. Her book says that being in nature more and eating food straight from the soil is better for a child’s immune system.