Do your kids ALWAYS have their hands in their mouths?
Well, it may not be as bad as you think!
While we certainly do not recommend thumb sucking of fingernail biting habits, this study published in the Journal of Pediatrics says “children who bite their nails and suck their thumbs are about one-third less likely to develop certain allergies.” “Cat, grass, house dust mite, and dog [allergies] – those were reduced, some significantly, some borderline,” said study author Malcolm Sears, a researcher for the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at McMaster University School of Medicine, in Ontario, Canada. “When they suck their thumbs or bite their nails they’re exposing themselves to additional microbes or dirt which is stimulating the immune system.”
See the CBS News story here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/these-bad-habits-may-have-surprising-health-benefits-for-kids/
And for more information about thumb sucking and nail biting, please visit MouthHealthy.org