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Its official - bugs are good for babies!

Recent research to come out of Munich University could prove reassuring to parents worried about their babies’ constant stream of colds and runny noses.

Results show that young children who contract at least two colds in the first twelve months of life are half as likely to develop asthma, allergies and wheezing tendencies later on than those who don’t.

The findings have just been published in the British Medical Journal and are based on a study involving approximately 1,300 children ranging in age from newborn to seven years.

Results show that young children who contract at least two colds in the first twelve months of life are half as likely to develop asthma, allergies and wheezing tendencies later on than those who don’t. This is because, by being exposed to germs, youngsters build up a stronger long term immunity.

Researcher Sabina Illi is quoted in the Daily Express as saying, ‘Repeated infection is good for stopping asthma. As long as it’s mild, parents shouldn’t worry.’

She also warned against the ‘over sanitisation’ of homes, as this can eradicate all sorts of other bugs that can help children develop resistances to various infections, saying, ‘Parents shouldn’t have their home too clean. There are things to sterilise the toilet before kids use it and washing powders with antibiotics. It’s all nonsense’.

The news broke in the same week doctors in Sweden announced that squirting Streptococcus up the noses of children taking antibiotics for ear infections results cuts the rate at which the condition recurs by 50%.

 

 

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