Children Playing in the Dirt & Immune Systems

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Children playing in the dirt requires you to keep that child's immune system in mind. Learn about children playing in the dirt and the activity's relationship to their immune systems with help from a family case worker in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi. My name is Christina Gavenda at, and today we're going to talk about your children playing in the dirt and their immune system. It can be tempting for some parents to think that getting dirty is a bad thing. But it's so important to remember that your children learn through play. That is the main way they learn is through running around getting dirty and playing with other kids or you outside and experiencing nature. This gives them ways to interact with their environment, to learn cause and affect and also just to have fun, which is learning. When they're all done playing and really dirty you can take them in, put them in the bathtub, wash them off with some soap and water. It can be really tempting to get overprotective about dirt. But in the end it's just dirt and the germs that they come in contact with are normal everyday germs and nothing to worry about. You're going to give them a bath when they're done anyways. These are the germs that are going to build their immune system and this play is what's going to teach them. Thanks so much for watching. My name's Christina Gavenda and that's about dirt, and children and your immune system.


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