The Hygiene Hypothesis: A Mom’s Survival Mantra

Written by Emily

Hygiene Hypothesis is my new mantra…well, I’m trying to make it my new mantra. After struggling through an internal battle about the possibility of a poo-smeared child swimming in the community pool, a friend sent me information on The Hygiene Hypothesis. In fact, she recommended I say it again and again. So I’ve been doing that.

The gist of my new maxim is that if we over-sanitize and sterilize, our children are at a higher risk of developing asthma or allergies. What I understand is that I can clean and worry a lot less. Win. Win.

The Hygiene Hypothesis is a sanity saver. I put it on repeat in my head when these things happened:

Hygiene Hypothesis

I’m grateful for the scientific permission to calm down because Sylvie is my third child, and it seems that I’m just in time to see her put something grotesque in her mouth, but I’m a second too late to stop it from happening. In other words, I’m just in time to hyperventilate in horror.

No more.

Thank you, Hygiene Hypothesis. And thank you to good friends, who know exactly what I need to survive.

4 comments for “The Hygiene Hypothesis: A Mom’s Survival Mantra

  1. July 17, 2013 at 10:57 am

    You forgot the public restroom horror – touched the toilet seat, hands all over the trash can after washing. But yes, they need to get sick — it builds up their immune system. I say, let them get dirty. I’ll just close my eyes. 🙂

  2. July 17, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I just close my eyes, too! And, it has worked, my son was very seldom sick. Of course, he has a VIP card at the ER due to his frequent visits, but only once for sickness (which the nurse thought was appendicitis)! Every other time has been broken and sprained parts of his body…But he is seldom sick! 🙂

  3. July 22, 2013 at 8:05 am

    “Immunity!” I cheer. Then try to hide my gagging.

  4. Deb
    July 22, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Should have shared this info with you long ago. Greg actually tells his hyper-clean peds parents that they need to remove The Bubble from their children and let them play in….[insert dramatic music here]…THE DIRT. Some of those patients have probably written nasty comment cards about this quack they saw in clinic. But others have felt so relieved that they can relax a little and put away the sanitizing wipes. Sorry I didn’t pass that along. Sometimes I just forget…

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