Most children love the outdoors. As parents and care-givers, we often allow our children to play outside, as we should. However, there are dangers present which are completely unseen, and often unknown to many parents. If nothing else, the potential danger to your children should create a willingness to become educated on the effects of soil contamination.
As with many other topics, children are particularly susceptible to the harmful effects of soil contamination. Because children breathe more air into their lungs than adults, and because children are more likely to cover their hands and other body parts in soil, and potentially ingesting soil, it is important to take certain precautions when supervising children outdoors. While it is not recommended to isolate children from any soil contact, it is recommended that parents and care-givers follow certain procedures to lessen the likelihood of harmful effects. Some recommended precautions include washing hands often, and always before meals, removing dirty shoes when entering a household, being cautious of known contaminated soil, as well as taking caution when planting a garden.
Being aware of the potential for danger is important, and acting in a way which will promote safety is the best precaution to protect children from the possible harm resulting in unhealthy contact with contaminated soil.