J cannot be near a puddle without jumping in it and cannot see mud without wanting to squelch it.
Consequently, he is very often dirty, soggy and happily rolling around outside.
There are various theories about why there has been a rise in food allergies and asthma in recent years and one of these is the hygiene hypothesis. It suggests that young children are not exposed to enough microbes to stenghten their immune systems.
Now, I do think there is some sense to this theory. There are studies of children in developing countries that show as soon as their quality of lives improve and they move to more sanitary living, their incidence of food allergies increases.
However, I think it is often misquoted to suggest parents are inflicting allergies on their children by keeping them coddled in cotton wool.
J’s allergies are genetic and were present from birth. With baby A, I was telling doctors her symptoms were from a milk allergy from the day she was born. Sadly, whether we let them play in the mud or not isn’t going to change this and I think too much emphasis is put on the hygeine hypothesis.