Something called “hygiene hypothesis” speculates that we set ourselves up for allergies because our environment is just too clean, and in order for our children to have a healthy immune system, we need to expose them to bacteria at a very early age.
Past studies have shown that families who have pets, or live on a farm, have less allergies than families that don’t. Now this new study performed by Dr. Bill Hesselmar of Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, says hand washing dishes might also lead to fewer allergies. So far what they have found is a reduced rate of eczema in either children who are old enough to wash dishes, or children who happen to live in homes where dishes are hand washed. The thinking behind this is that dishes not washed in a dishwasher, are just not cleaned as well, and therefore some bacteria could still remain.
However, there is still much to learn. For example, why are they only noticing a difference in eczema and not other things, such as asthma? This is one of the questions the team of researchers is asking.
So for now this is all we know-but even if a reduced risk of eczema is the only benefit, well that’s not so bad!
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