Are Bath Toys Safe For Your Child?
Did you know that your child’s favorite rubber ducky could be a secret hideout for filth and germs?
The Today Show is doing a series called Secret Filth Exposed and one of the most recent episodes was called, Rubber ‘Yuckies’ Harbor Secret Filth.
Philip Tierno, a microbiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, tested bath toys from several different homes and found fecal contamination, strep, and staph!
Have you ever squirted a bath toy and saw black stuff come out of it? I know I have and it was super gross. The biggest germ culprits are bath toys with holes in the bottom. Bacteria from your child’s body can get trapped inside of the toy and grow inside of it.
Some of the contamination can also come from bath toys being within 20 feet of a toilet while it is being flushed.
It’s important to keep your child’s bath toys clean. Experts recommended that parents disinfect them regularly with alcohol or peroxide. Also, be sure to let them air dry and keep them in a closed bin or closet away from those flushing toilet germs!
Now if you would excuse me, I’m going to go and disinfect my son’s bath toys…