As an adult, it can be hard to avoid germs, but it is even harder to avoid them as a child. The more you know about germs the better you can protect your child.
As a parent you may stress about germs, as they can cause children to develop serious health issues. While your child will be exposed to the usual amount of germs and build an immunity to them, it is not wise to deliberately expose your child to bacteria or viruses.
What to Do
Clean your child’s toys at least once a week to avoid a build up of germs. This way you maintain a basic routine to help avoid your child from getting sick. As you may know, smaller children are more susceptible (vulnerable) to germs, so wash their clothes separately from yours. If you have an infant or toddle who has new pacifiers or bottles, sterilize them by boiling them before the first use.
Also, take precaution when it come to pets. “Animals’ mouths are full of germs that could cause illness”.  Do not allow your pet to lick the face of your child for the first 6 months after birth.
With a newborn, do not travel if you do not have to. Also, try to keep crowds away from your baby. It is not unreasonable to ask people to stay away. If your child is old enough to be in school, advise them not to share hats, eating utensils, personal items with other children, or food and drinks.
Eating the Right Foods
Though your child may not like these foods they can boost their immune system:
- Chicken soup
What to Know
While some parents think allowing their child to eat of the floor or abide by the five second rule is okay, studies show that it is not safe. According to “a study by Clemson University researchers says 99% of bacteria are transferred the second something hits the floor”. Being caution is good, but you must remember to allow you child some breathing room. Allowing your child to run around outside or even in the house is healthy exercises that can help them avoid getting sick.
- Skolnik, Deborah. “Must-Know Germ Fighters.” Parents, https://www.parents.com/baby/health/sick-baby/must-know-germ-fighters/. Accessed May 1, 2020.
2. “How Clean Should We Be?” Grow, https://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/how-clean-hygiene-germs#3. Accessed May 1, 2020.