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Is Eating Snow Dangerous?

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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."

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RealMomsHaveCurves  March 4, 2008, 1:09 PM

Of course, if you live in the city, you should worry about all the toxic chemicals in the air that get in the snow.

Dale April 28, 2008, 7:51 PM

I want to why do people want there child to eat snow anyway because you don’t know what people do to snow and you don’t know what’s in the snow.

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