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    • As a parent of many pickers, I’m grateful you posted this. We just had the “not in public and never eat it” conversation again recently. 😆

      That was an interesting article, but I’m left feeling decidedly unconvinced.

      Minor note: I felt the doctor they quoted lost some credibility with me when she said, “I immunized the living hell out of my children.” I don’t even know what that means? There aren’t a ton of optional vaccines out there. It just seems unnecessarily inflammatory and sort of misleading.

      I’ve always felt that dirt doesn’t hurt. Unless you’re immunocompromised, the worst you’re going to get from food on the floor or a grocery store shopping cart is a cold for the latter case, and a hair in your mouth for the former. Meh. Of course I’m raising five kids so we are all dirty anyway according to the article. (They’re right, of course! Big families definitely share germs.)

      However I didn’t find the connection here that compelling. The “hygiene hypothesis” is at best an association rather than attempt at establishing causation. I didn’t even see data that pointed to association since they mentioned a huge increase in allergies but not much data on hygiene during the same time period except for some fuzzy comments on public sentiment. Statements along the lines of “genetics certainly play a role” seem to undermine the premise that this has changed over the course of a generation or two. In that case, genetics should not be playing a role, right?

      And one final note: even for someone who isn’t bothered by dirt, that photo is gross. I vote yes always on covering coughs. 🤢

    • I work as a preschool teacher. I'm not sure there is a way to get children not to pick there nose or eat food from the floor... Or lick their toes after have just walked through the bathroom to wash their hands..... Ohh man the list of gross thing I see every day is soooo long.

    • Speaking of boogers, there's actually valuable information in children's noses (!):

      Examining the bacterial makeup of a child’s nose could help doctors improve the diagnosis and treatment of serious lung infections, scientists say. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh found that bacteria and viruses at the back of the nose and throat of children with respiratory infections is different to that of healthy youngsters. These differences indicate the severity of the condition and could help doctors predict how long the affected child needs to spend in hospital.