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