There’s no question about it: Kids love to put things in their mouths. Babies especially. After all, they are curious by nature and are discovering the world around them. For most of us, if we saw our child putting rocks or dirt in their mouth, our first instinct would be to stop them. After all, that’s a lot of germs and dangerous bacteria, no? According to this mom, we shouldn’t be so afraid. She has recently gone viral on TikTok with a video of her baby eating dirt. She says it’s good for his immune system. (1)
Mom Says ‘Eating Dirt Is Good For Her Baby’s Immune System‘
Alice Bender, a 22-year-old mom from Arizona, recently posted a now-viral video on TikTok. The video is of her eight-month-old son Fern chewing on various things, including a rock. Her point was to state her stance against the medical industry’s perspective on germs and babies. She says that they have used their multi-million-dollar campaigns to convince people that they need to expose their babies to as few germs as possible. Rather, she says that as long as babies are breastfeeding, they have natural immunity and protection. Parents should be exposing them to more, not sheltering them.
“I do not fear bacteria. In fact, I welcome it. I trust nature and my baby. It is not a coincidence babies have this instinct while they are breastfeeding.” she said in one video.
“Breast Milk Is Better Than Medicine”
Bender says that it is instinctual that babies put things in their mouths while breastfeeding. It is the subconscious knowledge that they have protected thanks to breast milk. This milk, she says, is more powerful than any medicine.
“Breast milk is incredible. Breast milk is the original medicine. It is far superior to any man-made medicine [sic]. Breast milk is alive and constantly changing to meet our babies’ current needs,” she explained.
Bender says that her baby is very healthy. She says that people always comment on how healthy, calm, and alert he is when they are in public. She says that she is raising her child to be vegan and that we should not constantly be at war with nature. We are, after all, nature ourselves, she says.
Naturally, with a subject such as this, people were divided on their opinions. Some were supportive, saying that they, too, allowed their children to eat dirt. They agreed that this is how babies develop their immune systems.
Others, however, had their doubts, and rightfully so. They expressed concerns over things like parasites. After all, they said, it is quite possible that you can get one from consuming dirt. Still, some were halfway. They agreed that dirt wouldn’t hurt, but other places where a baby might encounter germs have them concerned. For example, things such as shopping carts.