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Keeping Germs Away From Your Baby

Statistics have shown that nearly 70% of common illnesses are spread through the hands by people who have touched ordinary everyday objects. These numbers are worrying given how susceptible babies and young children are to sickness. Most people are surprised to learn that most germs that affect our children breed in common spaces in our homes despite our best efforts to keep these spaces clean. However, although these numbers are understandably worrying, the situation can be contained with a number of simple measures that can keep your children safe and your worries in check through the newborn stage. To do this effectively, there are few things you should keep in mind about germs around your home.

Germs in the Home

There are so many different surfaces around and in our homes, and all of them are infested with various forms of germs, some of which are harmless and others not. Germs have existed since the beginning of time and can be defined simply as species of bacteria, viruses or disease-causing fungi and protozoa. If you are looking for where these germs are found in your home, you may be surprised to learn that the kitchen drain is actually one of the dirtiest places in the home with the kitchen sponge coming in as a close second. This just goes to show that germs are not concentrated in the places we expect them to be. However, there are a number of easy ways to keep your kitchen germ free as well as your bathroom and your baby’s room.

Start With the Kitchen

The kitchen has been shown to be one of the dirtiest rooms in the house. It’s home to a large number of germs and bacteria responsible for illnesses: e.coli, salmonella, norovisus and hepatitis-A. Because of the amount of activity that takes place in the kitchen and how many people go in and out regularly, it is recommended that you keep a newborn away from this space even if you clean it thoroughly. However, so you don’t carry germs from the kitchen to your baby, it is important to implement a few measures. First, make sure you disinfect any area on which you have prepared any meat such as fish or steak and the like. It is also important to regularly wash your floors with a disinfectant in case your baby happens to crawl in. Most importantly, disinfect and dry any rags that are used in the kitchen area to prevent germs from festering.

Sanitizing Bed Sheets

Your bedding and your baby’s bed sheets and covers are some of the most important house items to keep germ free. The bed is where your baby and even you will spend a lot of your time and therefore, it is important to keep high sanitary standards for these. Dead skin cells, body oil, and plain dirt are some of the things you expect to find on any random bed sheet. Make sure to wash your sheets and pillowcases at least once a week with detergent and disinfectant. Wash your baby’s bedding each week as well but make sure to wash them separately from other laundry to prevent the spread of germs.

Keeping your baby protected from germs may seem a daunting task for new parents but with a few simple routines, you can help keep your home and your baby safe.

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