Which parent doesn’t love to stock on baby products. No wonder they are a huge hit in the market considering the emotional appeal they draw from parents. But, not to forget the new definition of messy and dirty that we encounter after having kids. Here is a list of 3 baby items that carry more germs than you could have ever imagined.
Pacifiers are something that can calm down an infant and baby very easily. It’s used by almost every mum now and has been shown to prevent against SIDS too. It can also help the baby calm himself through medical procedures such as getting shots or experiencing minor cold. However, they do rank among the top 3 baby items that are the germiest.
Pacifiers carry about 40 different kinds of germs on them. Among 10 tested pacifiers, 5 were slightly contaminated while the other 5 were heavily contaminated. The heavily contaminated ones showed bacteria such as Staphylococcus Aureus, fungus, and mold. They are related to diseases such as allergies, asthma, infections etc.
The pacifiers often grow a slimy coating called Biofilm.
Biofilm is responsible to alter the bacteria in baby’s mouth and risk health problems. Pores in pacifier are also a favorite spot of bacterial growth.
What to do?
While most pediatricians recommend that placing a pacifier in hot water for around 5 minutes every 2-3 days can help and so can washing it daily. Wiping off the pacifier after the baby is done also prevents bacterial growth.Even new pacifiers carry bacteria but that’s not harmful at all.
The culprit is baby’s saliva which can attract germs and provide a safe breeding ground for germs.
So, the used pacifier is much more prone to infection. Most doctors recommend not using them, some don’t mind. And while some say that germs don’t cause any health problems, others might strongly disagree. That’s when you need to go with your instincts and follow the proper hygiene rules mentioned above.
Who could have ever imagined that those cute little bath toys could ever harbor any germs? Sadly, Bath Toys are one of the germiest baby items among those who are constantly in contact with water.
Both the water and the toy gets infected by the bacteria on baby’s bodies.
The water becomes like a bacterial soup. Bath Toys being in warm water becomes like a breeding ground for germs. 100% of bath toys were found to have a growth of bacteria and mold on them. The ones that ranked worse were rubber toys and those with holes. If the toy has holes, the water can enter the toy and stay inside for the germs to thrive.
What to do?
Germs on bath toys are not that bit of a concern mainly because babies are not in contact with them for so long. They are just used to amuse baby for around 10 minutes.
Some risks associated are allergic reactions and skin infections.
Baby can get skin infections if the germs make their way from a cut or wound into the baby’s body.
The best way to reduce the amount of filthiness is to clean the toy after the bath and store them in a dry, closed containers. Also, avoid buying toys that have holes in them.
Another one of the cute cuddly squishy toys that have topped the list is a plush toy. 80% of all cuddly toys are contaminated with bacteria and 1 in 4 of them carry fecal bacteria. Most of them carried strains of Staphylococcus Aureus.
Babys drop these toys on the floor like a million times in a day. They leave them at places and forgets about them completely.
The pose a much higher risk of infection because they are like your baby’s best friend. It comforts them when they are sad. Soothes them when they are moody and hugs them when they are happy. Also, how difficult it is to take the toy away even for washing? VERY
What to do?
Regularly put your child’s toy into the washer and clean it using an antibacterial cleanser. You need to do it with every plush toy. Don’t spare even the little ones. Just, wash them all.
Also, clean them especially if your baby has gone through cold or fever. The squishy toy still carries the germs.
Scientists have urged parents to sterilize any toys especially if the kids have to undergo some kind of medical procedure like a surgery.
Here are some other items which made it to top of the list:
In one of the studies, the stroller was ranked the first among the germiest item a baby owns. Strollers tested for streptococci bacteria too which can lead to illnesses such as strep throat, meningitis, and pink eye. The reason that the researchers came up with was many people store their strollers in the garage. The humidity and temperature levels of a garage are much different than the whole house. So, it’s natural that the bacteria and mold would grow on it.
The stroller parts that carried the most germs are handles and cup holders. Handles are touched by your hands or someone else’s hand continuously. You obviously can’t wash your hands every time you push the stroller. So, the germs from your hands get onto the handles. Cups on cup holders can sometimes spill some of the liquid onto the stroller. Any spillage means a breeding ground for bacteria.
Not only diaper bags but normal women’s handbags can hold more germs. The reason would be the same as that of a stroller. Who thinks about washing their hands every time they check their bag.
Don’t go into a cleaning frenzy after you have read this blog. You probably know how to take care of these and if you maintain a good hygiene you probably don’t have much to worry about.
After getting used to constant spit ups and dirty diapers, you probably wouldn’t have thought of anything that’s dirtier than these two. This list comes as a shock to many parents. But, we are sure you are used to surprises now – both good and bad. After all, what is parenting journey without some bumps along the road?