IT'S OFFICIAL: Kids who pick their nose and eat their BOOGIES are happier and healthier!
And you're always telling them to stop!
Editor / March 25 2019
"STOP PICKING YOUR NOSE!" How many times have you said that to your children?
Well, now you might want to re-think that.
According to a study, we should encourage our kids to eat their boogies because it will make them happier and healthier!
Gross, but true.
Scott Napper, an associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan, is telling parents that exposing the body to the germs inside boogey mucus might help build immunity.
Boogies, boogers or bogeys start off as mucus - a clear slimy substance inside our nasal passage.
This mucus traps small particles that we breathe in like dust, pollen, and even germs. As the mucus gets closer to incoming air, it dries out into clumps that we affectionately call boogies.
So, while it might seem that eating boogies would be bad for you, considering they’re full of dirt and germs, the opposite seems to be true!
Professor Napper claims that eating boogies helps strengthen our immune system so that it can fight off other illnesses.
Scientists call this the “hygiene hypothesis,” and believe that early exposure to germs can make you healthier and therefore happier as you grow.
Austrian lung specialist Professor Friedrich Bischinger, goes so far as to say that when snot is ingested, “it works just like a medicine” and that research proves this.
So next time you see your child with his or her finger jammed up their nose, you know what to do! Smile, and think you are actually being a great parent!
Frances Sheen has been a magazine and website journalist & editor for the last 20 years - both in Australia and the UK. She's appeared on countless TV and radio shows to discuss parenting and launched her own social media parenting brand. She's the mum of two little girls and juggles that with a busy working life.