الأوساخ قد تكون مفيدة للأطفال!

Hello and welcome to BBC Xtra English!

Scientists in America have found that being too clean can impair the ability of children's skin to heal.

The team of scientists from the School of Medicine at University of California San Diego discovered that normal bacteria living on the skin helps prevent inflammation when we get hurt.

After studying mice and human cells, the scientists found that this harmless bacteria blocks the chain of events that leads to skin inflammation.

The findings of the study strengthened calls for parents to stop mollycoddling their children.

A lobby group called Parents Outloud said that parents have become so paranoid about their children playing outside and getting dirty that today's children are not enjoying a proper childhood.

The group's spokeswoman, Margaret Morrissey said that "hopefully research like this will help parents realise that it's natural and healthy for children to get outdoors and get mucky and that it doesn't do their health any harm."

Another group called Allergy UK was also pleased with the findings of this research.

It said that there was a growing body of evidence that exposure to germs was a good thing.

They believe that early exposure to germs can help reduce allergies that have now tripled in the UK in the last decade.

Although the scientists are not encouraging people to keep their children dirty, they are suggesting that constant cleaning may reduce the positive aspects of having germs on your hands.

The question now remains: will parents stop cleaning their children so often?!

Why are some parents over-concerned about the cleanliness of their children? Do you think parents will reduce the number of times they clean their children after learning about this research? Write to us in English! لماذا يبالغ بعض الاباء والامهات في الاهتمام بنظافة اطفالهم؟ هل تعتقد انهم سيقللون من هذا الاهتمام المفرط عندما يطلعون على هذا البحث؟ اكتب لنا بالانجليزية

جهازك لا يدعم تشغيل الفيديو

scientists علماء impair يضعف ability قدرة inflammation التهاب harmless غير مؤذية bacteria البكتيريا blocks يصد أو يمنع chain of events سلسلة من الاحداث mollycoddling التدليل الزائد paranoid يعاني من الشكوك أو الوساوس exposure التعرض germs جراثيم

جهازك لا يدعم تشغيل الفيديو

المزيد حول هذه القصة