i truly believe in letting your kid experience as much as he can. keeping your kid isolated does him/her no good. especially when it comes to building an immune system for sickness and allergies. i had heard about this but now i have a published example from E: The Environmental Magazine July/August 2005:
"The number of children with peanut allergies has doubled in the past five years, according to the European Public Health Alliance. In just a generation, nuts have gone from a good-for-you treat to a ban-worthy scourge.
Barbara Boston, a nurse practitioner at the George Washington Center for Integrative Medicine, suspects that one of the culprits may be the limited food choice of most Westerners. "People don't eat seasonally anymore: Some reports have estimated that most people eat the same 20 foods over and over, in different combinations." Due to what she calls the "focusing" of diets, our immune systems are less able to deal with the constant influx of the same foods, which is exacerbated by processing of whole foods and the inclusion of the same ingredients repeatedly in packaged foods. If an allergenic substance (besides nuts, wheat, soy and milk are common allergens) is one of those constantly eaten foods, and a mother-to-be ingests it throughout her pregnancy, her fetus (as early as the second trimester) may become sensitized to that food.
C'mon people! Get it together! Don't you get that by withholding all of these things or trying to keep your kids "safe" you are actually doing them more harm then good. remember when we used to play in mud and drink water out of the hose and all that crazy stuff when we were kids!? we made out just fine didn't we?! our immune systems are probably stronger for it too.
passive aggressive anal moms: a message to you. GET OVER IT!
DON'T TOUCH THE BABY!