After a recent study was published about the better health of babies who live with dogs (and cats), I was feeling pretty smug about the amount of awesome dog in this house. If there’s ever a baby in here, it will have so many dogs to lick. There were so many articles covering the results, that I would think it would be common knowledge to build an immune system and to make it strong, we have to be exposed to and come in to contact with many things. I had a pretty good feeling about perhaps our newfound respect of exposure and maybe a little less fear of “dirt” in general. Then I read this article, apparently the five second rule has been outlawed.
Now, I’m not saying I’ve never tossed food that I found questionable. We all have our limits, but to call into question ALL questionable food? To put that doubt into people’s minds that if there’s ever a doubt, throw it out? I find that disturbing. I also find the story in the article about a parent “cleaning off” their child’s dropped pacifier with their own mouth disturbing. Not because the baby is now exposed to the parent’s bacteria but because I at least need a rinse off of hair and other debris before putting something in my mouth. Floor hair makes me want to vomit. Never mind that the baby is “exposed” to their parents’ bacteria daily, scientists! If they don’t sell the baby first.
I think we’re too concerned about magical killer germs and exterminating everything in our kitchens and bathrooms and around our babies. We have to live in this whole world, we can’t walk around in little bubbles. At least I wouldn’t want to. Babies exposed to dogs are healthier because they’re exposed to more, period. Dogs are gross. They roll in things, they eat disgusting bugs, they pee on their feet and then they come in and kiss your baby! Thank you, dogs, for being awesome and saving babies. The real American heroes are dogs (and firefighters) (and …. ya know, other first responders and stuff).