Eeuw, that’s gross!

2011-04-29 00:00

WEEING in the bath, sharing cups and sucking your baby’s dummy. How unhygienic is it really?

 

When a dog licks your child’s face

As someone who is not a fan of the furry four-legged friend, I find this absolutely disgusting and lunge forward armed with disinfectant the minute a dog’s saliva makes contact with my child’s face. But apparently the experts aren’t quite on the same page. Dogs’ mouths aren’t actually that dirty so apparently there’s no harm done that a wipe with a tissue can’t fix.

 

Cleaning baby’s dummy in my mouth

Come on, who hasn’t done this? I was offended to discover that this is actually more unhygienic than the above. (What? My mouth dirtier than a dog’s?)

It’s true. From a germ point of view, the human mouth is one of the filthiest things around so a brisk rinse of the dummy under clean water should alway­s come before the mummy lick.

 

My kids weeing (or worse) in the bath

This is pretty unavoidable, so the good news is a wee in the bath is nothing to worry about. Floaters, however should be dealt with swiftly by removing the kid and the water (and the floater) and disinfecting the bath before starting over.

 

Children sharing juice cups

This is a hard one to avoid, especially if your kid is in a playschool or crèche, but there’s no denying it’s unhygienic. It’s one of the fastest way to swop bugs among kids, but truth be told even if you are fastidious about keeping your child’s juice cup away from others, chances are they will pick up the bugs from shared toys and such anyway.

 

My child playing in a sandpit

If it’s your own sandpit and it’s clean sand which is kept covered when not used, then there is no risk at all. It’s when you leave a sandpit uncovered or use a public sandpit that you risk exposing your child to parasites from animal faeces.

But keeping some kids out of sandpits is a difficult task, so a good hand wash and bath afterwards should undo most of the potential damage.

— Parent 24.com

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