Germs: an unlikely factor in immune system development

Antibacterial: a simple word that has produced complex problems.

Common household items such as soap, detergents, and household cleaning products have antibacterial agents which function to inhibit the growth and reproduction of bacteria (1).

At first glance, the use of products with antibacterial agents may seem exclusively beneficial. But this isn’t always the case. When hyper hygienic products are combined with a hyper hygienic environment, the lack of interaction with bacteria may disadvantage your child. Kids need to be exposed to bacteria-ridden environments like the dirty outdoors in order to develop a healthy immune system: making them less susceptible to disease and better able to live a happy and healthy life (2). Of course, this isn’t to say that antibacterial products shouldn’t be used and that kids shouldn’t wash their hands. They can both be beneficial in the prevention of disease, and it’s okay to spend a majority of one’s time in a cleanly environment (3). It just shouldn’t be ALL of one’s time.
Conveniently, the environments filled with immune system strengthening bacteria also happen to be the most fun! Parks are special places filled with fun playgrounds, water parks, activities, and adventures waiting to be had. Providence is known for its parks and there’s no question why.

From planting flowers in a community garden…

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To science experiments….

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and even jumping in mud puddles…

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There is a ton to do at your nearest park this Summer! If you’re really down for a fun time, come visit PlayCorps at one of our 4 locations this year!


Bucklin Park:

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Camden Avenue Park:

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General Street Park:

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Harriet & Sayles Park:

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See you soon!
The PlayCorps Team



References:

(1) Antibacterials in household products. (2010). APUA. Retrieved 27 July 2017, from http://emerald.tufts.edu/med/apua/consumers/personal_home_5_3590195869.pdf

(2) Handwashing and Hand Sanitizer Use. (2017). Retrieved 27 July 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/pdf/hand-sanitizer-factsheet.pdf

(3) Sing, D., & Sing, C. (2010). Impact of Direct Soil Exposures from Airborne Dust and Geophagy on Human Health. International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health, 7(3), 1205-1223. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph7031205

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