Not sure if this caught anyone else’s eye in the past 2 weeks but since I feel it goes a bit too far in the name of protecting your child’s health, I’d like to share the specifics of this story with my fellow DailyStrength members and hear everyone sound off.
And please realize I really am all about prevention when it comes to our children’s health; good hand-washing techniques, sneezing into the elbow region and not directly into the hands, staying home from school if any fever in the previous 24 hours but this report that comes from Australia has taken it a step further.
Specifically, in late January, Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council formally stated that children may no longer blow out candles on cakes at school due to the concern of spreading infectious illnesses (AKA germs.) Really? Do we have to go this far in preventing an upper respiratory illness (AKA cold?) And what’s the next step? Children can’t play handball, basketball, or hang on the monkey bars because germs can possibly be spread this way as well. Do we need to put all children in a bubble before heading out the door? Or shall we just have children where disposable gloves all day long and a mask over the mouth?
Not that getting sick is an ideal situation but in the long run, it is how we develop a strong and healthy immune system. Ironic how that works but we do need exposure to germs when we are young to help us out over the long term. So how about no sneezing on birthday cakes (common sense, I know) but we still allow blowing out the candles on the cake? Sounds like a reasonable compromise.
But I guess the individual cupcake business will now be booming in Australia.
- Dr. Jeremy
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