How Washing Dishes, Child Allergy Development May Be Linked

February 23, 2015 5:04 PM

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How Washing Dishes, Child Allergy Development May Be Linked

While sometimes a tedious task, washing dishes by hand may reduce the risk of allergic disease development in children compared to using a dishwasher. It has been previously proposed that risk of allergic disease development could be reduced via immune stimulation by early microbial exposure, creating an allergy-protective effect and a dose-response effect.

Published in the journal Pediatrics, a new study surveyed parents/guardians of 1,029 children ages 7–8 living in Sweden on dishwashing habits (hand or machine), consumption of fermented food (sauerkraut, fermented cucumber, or other fermented foodstuffs), and consumption of food from farms (hens' eg...

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