Wipe the surface before you wipe your baby.
By Jamie Pritchard
I walked into a public bathroom today and as I usually do, tried to ascertain how clean it looked. This one was average to the eye – I say to the eye because I spend a great deal of time, more than the average person researching and thinking about germs and bacteria, which means what may be clean to they eye can and likely is covered in germs and bacteria.
In this bathroom what jumped out at me (besides the germs) was a baby change table mounted right beside the toilet. We know the toilet when flushed shoots micro feces bacteria and germs into the air, and as public toilets do not usually have lids to help contain this I shook my head and wondered how many babies are laid upon this change table.
No one would ever think of bringing harm to their helpless infant, but the germs and bacteria lurking are invisible, out of sight, out of mind, and thus not an issue a person thinks they need to deal with. Besides the regular germs lurking in the bathroom what if the baby before you were sick? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention viruses not disinfected can live on hard surfaces for 48 hours. The germs, bacteria, and viruses may end up on their blanket, their clothes, or worse on their skin all of which is scary to think of.
Your best defence is to carry some disinfectant with you in the diaper bag and wipes are the most convenient and efficient product to use. Baby wipes clean but don’t disinfect so ensure you have a wipe that is designed and approved to make kill claims when fighting germs. A quick wipe down of the change table will ease your worries and help keep others germs away from your little angel.
Jamie Pritchard is President of Roxton Industries – All things clean!