I’ve always watched in horror as children push handfuls of soil into their mouths while their parents turn a blind eye to their child’s new habit. The hypochondriac in me has always thought about what dangers lurk in the mud and whether they could do a child more harm than good. However could a new study by Cornell University in New York, featured in the Daily Mail, which says that eating mud or clay might even be good for children’s stomachs, be about to prove me wrong?According to the study, eating dirt may act as a shield against ingested parasites and plant toxins, as well as provide nutrients that children or adults lack such as iron, zinc or calcium. Who knew?
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The nanny state strikes again with the news that a Hampshire children’s centre has banned parents from drinking tea or coffee because of the threat it poses to toddlers.
Apparently mums and dads attending Mill Hill Children’s centre in Waterlooville are restricted to drinking only cold drinks at the weekly sessions. The centre’s co-ordinator was quoted saying that they felt it was a sensible way of keeping children safe.