It wasn’t until I watched a recent advert involving Dettol and how they are removing bacteria from clothes in every wash that I realised how germophobic the general public are becoming. As much as I encourage the practice of hygiene, I can’t help but think that cleanliness is being pushed too far. The advert shows the mother cleaning clothes to put on her child. This alerts all sorts of warning bells in my mind. Coming from a scientific background, I know that the basis of allergic reactions and hypersensitivity can stem from the reduced contact with the publicly hated germs. The sniffles and coughs of a child is not what any parent wants, but it’s one of the best ways to build up a good immune system. Contact with pathogens allows the immune system to collect a database of good guys and bad guys so that in the future you and/or your child is not going to get a reaction to a good guy by accident.
So please mothers and fathers, let your child play in the mud every once in the while. And maybe just clean their clothes with whatever non-bacteria destroying soap you have.