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A new study shows kids in families who hand-wash their dishes have fewer allergies
Households worldwide now have extra incentive for getting family members to do the dishes: It could prevent the development of allergies.
A new and preliminary study, published in the journalPediatrics, adds to an increasing body of evidence that suggests getting a little dirty does the immune system some good. That thinking is known as the “hygiene hypothesis,” which speculates that the reason kids develop so many allergies today is because their environments are just too clean. Without exposure to bacteria early in life, children’s immune systems don’t become as hardy as they could be./.../