Bacteria found in snow can infect plants, but does it harm children?
While our children may love sticking out their tongues to catch falling snowflakes, is it unsafe? According to the Associated Press, snow may carry pseudomonas syringae, a harmful bacteria that infects plants. (Ew!) But before you ban the winter pastime, pediatrician and friend of Mom•Logic Dr. Gwenn says it may not be as bad as it sounds. "Pseudomonas syringae shouldn't make humans sick, unless perhaps they have a problem with their immune systems," she says. "I wouldn't advise eating snow that looks dirty, but if a child wants to lick or eat fresh snow, I don't see any harm in eating small amounts. We've all done that and ended up just fine."