More Dirt for Kids!

32822Rob Knight, the academic superstar who is leading the Center for Microbiome Innovation at UC San Diego, says it’s important for kids to get dirty! He explains that exposing children to natural bacteria in the environment trains their immune systems how to respond to foreign threats. So, resist that urge to sterilize everything kids touch because you’re not helping. Instead, let them roll around in the grass, swim in rivers and the ocean, and cuddle with dogs. You might wince at the contact, but the germs they meet will make them stronger in the long run.

To learn more, check out Rob’s book, “Dirt is Good,” or watch him here:

Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs For Your Child’s Developing Immune System with Rob Knight

Bringing Home the Baby: The Basics of Infant Care

It’s one thing to give birth, but what about the basics of caring for the baby once you’re home?

In the latest installment of “Health Matters,” Dr. Lisa Stellwagen, clinical professor of pediatrics and medical director of Newborn Services at UC San Diego, joins Dr. David Granet to discuss the information all new parents need before bringing an infant home from the hospital. Learn the basics of safe sleeping, breast-feeding, newborn vaccinations and health screenings, as well as how and when to choose a pediatrician.

Watch “Infant Care — Health Matters,” tonight (Jan. 17) at 8pm on UCSD-TV and online now.