Some of the dirtiest and most bacteria-filled children’s items are their bath toys. Ironic, isn’t it? You’d figure that bath toys are squeaky clean all the time, right?
According to research, humid bathroom conditions are the culprit why your child’s toys might be sporting millions of different bacteria. Children are at high risk of developing stomach problems, ear infections, and eye infections as well due to an increase in germs.
Research has shown some of the bath toys are contaminated with almost ten million bugs per square centimeter. Imagine when water is squirted into a child’s face. The growth of bacteria is fueled even more by soap, urine, and sweat in the tub. Toys can also leak chemicals if they’re made of plastic, which can affect bacteria to feast and grow even more.
What’s the scariest of all is the fact that two most dangerous bacteria were found on most toys – including Escherichia Coli, and Legionella. Germs may help boost the immune systems of children, but not if they’re everywhere.
Clean your child’s bath toys often. Remove the extra water from them, and don’t store them in your bathroom if possible. The dangers are reduced if you purchase toys without holes, but the fun is diminished in this case as well.