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Most Common Places Germs and Bacteria thrive and effects Child’s Health

In our everyday life, we handle a lot of objects and work inside places which act as hotspots for a myriad of germs, viruses and other dangerous micro-organisms. They use these sites to hide, multiply and subsequently pose a threat to our health. Some of these places are unknown to us and are, therefore, even more dangerous because we do not take any precautions to protect ourselves, much less our children. After reading the rest of this article, you will be the wise enough about where to concentrate and how to maintain cleanliness.


Places/Objects To Watch Out For:

  • Handles & Knobs

These collect residue, dust and filth from just about everyone who touches them. The office, the house, the car- these are all major sites for the exchange of bacteria. Considering that children come into contact with them, knobs and switches alike must all be thoroughly and regularly sterilized whenever there are children around. You may use sanitizing wipes for cleaning these areas. Children easily contract illnesses such as common cold and various infections (skin, eye etc.) if preventive measures are not taken.

  • The Kitchen

It has been discovered that the dirty, cluttered kitchen sink is a festering cesspool of filth- more so than the toilet bowl. Distressing as that is, it gets worse. All items that are used to clean the sink and the kitchen platforms are just as bad. Sponges, rugs and other cleaning materials all have the potential to pass on the bacteria that cause salmonella and E.coli to you and more worryingly to your offspring. Use disinfectant soaps and hot water on all kitchen tops, washing items and the sink itself after each wash to minimize bacterial activity in your kitchen. Make sure to replace your kitchen rugs as often as possible as well. They are said to be the dirtiest item in the entire house.

  • Bathrooms & Toilets

These are more obvious sites for germ infestation. A misplaced hand here, a finger in the mouth there and, before you know it, your child has cholera or typhoid (which can be fatal to young children). So try to keep them from exploring the bathroom floor and objects too much. Also, for further precaution, use a mixture of water and bleach to scrub and wipe down the;



-showering area


-flushing handle

-toilet bowl


  • Pets

Children are very fond of pets. They love playing with them hour together. These include:dogs, cats, gerbils, hamsters, fish and birds.

They all can act as breeding grounds for dangerous parasites and bacteria; regardless of how well they mean. You should regularly take the animals that call your house home for

– Washing

– Deworming

– Rabies shots


Otherwise, you are exposing yourself and your little ones to major health problems.

  • Humans

The irony is that animals have been occasionally proven to surpass their owners in several key areas in hygiene and overall cleanliness. Our hands, and everything we touch, are responsible for mass contamination in our homes. The items we pass germs on to include;

– Remote controls

– Pepper shakers

– Phones

– Keyboard

– Toothbrushes

They can all become extremely unsanitary if we do not sufficiently sanitize both our hands and our commonly used/touched objects. In this way, we prevent the dirt on us from transferring to our children and adversely affecting them.

However, all these safety measures can be negated if those around us do not heed them. This is likely to be the case if you are not in your own home, or if you are visiting a new area. Should your child get ill during a visit to another country, for example, you should immediately seek out medical assistance. The good thing is that you may not have to pay a single coin because many insurance companies cover such occurrences, especially in European countries; which employ uniform currency and their health insurance cover (for example ehic card).

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