bath toys

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.

  1. November 30, 2018

    Recent researches show that there are many surprising sources of dirt, even the tub toys can harbor bacteria and microbes that are potentially hazardous to children. Bath toys are discovered to harbor fecal contaminants, such as E. coli and streptococcus, as well as staph aureus and other germs and viruses, which thrive in the warm, moist atmosphere of the bathtub, and since most toys are left there even when bathtime’s done, they never get a chance to dry completely, thereby allowing bacteria to multiply unchecked and spread quickly.

  2. December 13, 2018

    Just a great piece! A bath toy was found to harbor more bacteria than a teething toy, a stroller. “A child will be exposed to bacteria when they’re in the outside world encase their pillows and mattress in a sealed tight dust-mite-proof cover. Thanks and keep posting things like this.

  3. December 31, 2018

    This is quite informative, but there were always bath toys and children were not sick from them. The main reason why humanity gets sick are not bacteria but poisons in our air, food and everywhere. Toys are the least worry.

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