A TikTok mum says she lets her baby eat wood, rocks, and dirt because it will ‘boost his immune system’.
Alice Bender, from Phoenix, Arizona, regularly posts videos on the platform about her unique style of parenting and divides her followers with her views.
In one clip, she tells the camera: “I do not fear bacteria. In fact, I welcome it. I trust nature and my baby.”
In another video, the mother, who is raising her son vegan, also claims she doesn’t make her baby wear sun cream.
She says: “He’s vegan, he sleeps in my bed. Instead of forcing him to sleep on my schedule, I follow along with his.
“I bring him outside with no sunscreen, because we are not scared of the sun, and he is healthy.”
One person commented on the video, saying: “Are you not worried about parasites? What would you do to protect him from the possibility of getting them by eating dirt?”
Another follower added: “A baby with a strong immune system will fight off a virus more effectively than a baby with a weak immune system.”
@comingupfernBebe needs all the bacteria he can get ##crunchymom ##holistic ##freebirth ##homebirth ##homebirthbaby♬ original sound – 🤍
She has now disabled all comments on the clip.
The TikToker previously admitted she doesn’t use toothpaste when brushing her teeth, opting for water instead.
Speaking in a video at the time, she said: “Look at the ingredients in your toothpaste and tell me how it makes any sense to be rubbing any of them into your teeth.”
Bender then told her followers to just use water. However, dental experts ended up jumping in and telling people not to follow suit.
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