Why You Should Let Kids Play In The Dirt

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Why You Should Let Kids Play In The Dirt

Written by: Brandi Monasco

I remember playing in the dirt a lot when I was growing up. I was constantly dirty!

Kids love playing in the dirt and keeping them away from it is pretty hard for parents. Many people think that there are germs and bacteria lurking around in the dirt that will make their children sick if they play in it.

Luckily for the kiddos, that’s not true!

Dirt can actually be really beneficial for the little ones!

The human body has its own unique system of bacteria and microorganisms that are necessary for normal functioning of the body. These bacteria are the “good” organisms. They are important because they actually do a lot of good things within your body. They help digest food, provide vitamins and even help fight the bad bacteria. Without them, your body is susceptible to harmful bacteria that could have disastrous consequences.

When a child is born, he or she doesn’t have any of these “good” organisms and needs to be exposed to these “good” organisms. Playing in the dirt helps a child become exposed to them. The more that a child is allowed to play in dirt, the more they will become exposed to microbes, which eventually can make your child become immune to different microbes that would otherwise cause them to become sick.

Allowing your children to play in the dirt also helps them develop resistance against many allergies and even asthma. This is because the constant exposure of bacteria builds up their tolerance to these diseases. In addition to all of this, playing in the dirt is fun and builds up the child’s independence. It also converts the time into a more structured play, building their hand-eye coordination, sensing and motor abilities.

Your child will also be a happier child when you let them play in the dirt. Playing in the dirt can increase serotonin levels which in turn, creates a happier child. They become less stressed and can function and concentrate better in school.

Not only is playing the dirt healthy for your kids, but it’s fun too! Happy play time!

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Brandi Monasco

Brandi Monasco

Health Advocate at Gettin' Healthy
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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