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Kids 101: How Dirty is Too Dirty?

Small humans are hardwired to revel in the prospect of getting dirty—perhaps it’s an evolutionary design to help build up defences, or it might simply be down to the enviable laissez-faire attitude only children can enjoy. Maybe it’s just to drive mums crazy. Whatever it is, it’s not as bad as you think—here’s the expert view on dirt + kids.

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Let Them Eat Dirt, Says Scientist

That famous Marie Antoinette quote about cake and peasants was likely misconstrued, but this imperative for your own little plebeians isn’t—“Let them eat dirt!”, exhorts Dr. Jack Gilbert, director of the Microbiome Centre at the University of Chicago and coauthor of the book Dirt Is Good. Here—before you combust in sanitised indignation—is why.

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