We’re going to need more Palmolive…
OK, no. Uh uh. Not gonna happen. Just…no. It has all gone too far.
We all know that good mothers make their own organic baby food, breast feed until high school, bleach their babies’ cloth diapers and hang them on hemp clotheslines, and sew fair-trade pure cotton onesies. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m here to tell you that the very best mothers also don’t use dishwashers.
According to the journal Pediatrics, specifically Bill Hesselmar, Anna Hicke-Roberts, and Goran Wennergren, children who’s mothers use dishwashers are significantly more likely to have allergy-related diseases like eczema, hayfever and asthma than children who’s parents mainly wash their dishes by hand. Here’s the link: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2015/02/17/peds.2014-2968.full.pdf+html
The authors are basing their research on the so-called “hygiene hypothesis,” in which scientists posit that people in developed countries are growing up in a sanitary environment that does not promote a healthy and robust immune system. Children’s immune systems are not challenged by foreign microbes, and thus the body is more likely to respond to common, harmless antigens as infectious and mount inappropriate immune responses, i.e, allergies.
I kind of agree that kids should be exposed to bugs. My little angels have been known to eat the occasional french fry off the floor, I won’t lie. Having all three of them sick every single Christmas sucks, but I’m assured by the best pediatric minds that a rock-hard immune system is in the offing. However, in the virulent petri dish that is my local indoor playground, I chase my kids around with the hand sanitizer with the most crazy of the liberal elite east-coast mothers. Nobody wants a vomiting 3-year-old.