i am really lucky that both boys enjoy spending time in the backyard. it is much easier for me than packing them up and taking them to the park (especially when it is just me). and we are much closer to things like water, snacks, bandaids, etc…
i have always heard that it is good for us to consume a certain amount of dirt each day. probably something moms say because they are anxious about the dirt the kids get into their mouths. i apparently ate dirt daubers when i was a baby and i turned out ok….i think.
on a whim i thought i would see if i could find some scientific information about soil consumption. well, the first article i clicked on was full of some very interesting stuff.
“Children may eat soil for the same reasons pregnant women and some animals do. Because of their rapid growth, they have special nutritional needs and surface soils may serve as supplemental nutrients; detoxification of plant or animal toxins might be accelerated by geophagy— particularly in some parts of the world; or soil components, especially clays, may relieve gastric distress. But topsoils are probably not as effective as deep clays at gastric soothing.”
um, wow. i guess it makes sense, but i didn’t really expect that answer. do i need to be adding supplements to the squirt’s diet, or should i just let him graze in the backyard….
the complete text of the article on eating dirt can be found here.