5 Surfaces At School That Could Cause A Health Concern For Your Child
Created by Parentune Support Updated on Jul 17, 2020
Every mother is concerned about her child, and wants to ensure that he or she stays safe and away from harm. However, we all know that children will be children, and no matter how hard you try to protect them, they will find a way to expose themselves to germs, dust and other such dangers in the environment. What’s worse is that over time, germs don’t just multiply but also become stronger & more resistant.
Your child will take time to get use too with the below mentioned surfaces but S/he will stay safe from bacterial infections from a longer time.
Surfaces You and Your Child Need to Aware of
You may think you are protecting your children by ensuring that they don’t eat too much outside food, and don’t touch too many public surfaces etc. But what of the germy surfaces in your child’s school - a place where you aren’t around to protect, and supervise your little one? According to a recent study, here are some of the surfaces you & your child need to especially aware of:
#1. Door Handles:
An average door handle houses up to 710 germs on it. Think of it, a door handle is a surface that everyone in school touches several times a day. Bacteria are known to survive on surfaces for a very long time, making it unavoidable for your child to pick up germs from here.
#2. Classroom Benches:
A classroom bench has about 2,700,000 germs sitting on them. With so many children in one place, and sharing stationery, food & other things among themselves, it's no wonder that the classroom can be a breeding ground for germs that cause colds and the flu. While floors are mopped and cleaned on a daily basis, do you wonder whether the benches and desks at school are disinfected as often, if at all?
#3. School Bus Seat & Window:
Studies have shown bus seats, and windows to have approximately 3,980,000 germs at any given time. Think of the dust, pollution, and germs that keep accumulating on these surfaces over time, which your child is picking up every day on his or her way to and from school. What’s worse is that no one is even cleaning these places regularly, let alone disinfecting them
#4. School Bag:
On an average, a child’s school bag has about 125,000 germs. Forget external surfaces and things others may come in contact with, your child’s very own school bag is a breeding ground for germs. It carries the lunch box which leaks every now and then, the bag is kept on the floor both in class, and in the bus. And as a result the bag brings with it all the accumulated germs on your child’s back, every day!
A football is an obvious home for germs, and dust but did you know that a football that’s freshly been played with has 1,540,000 germs on it! And to think that children first kick this ball around in dust & grime, and then carry it home only to take it out to play again the next day.
Did you find this blog on surfaces at school that can cause a health concern for your child. Share your thoughts with us in the comments section !
| Jul 10, 2018
Hello parents, I tried to find out some solutions keeping in mind the age group mentioned in the blog.... kindly excuse my ignorance if these are not fruitful enough. 1) we can pack a small bottle of hand sanitizer into our children's bags... they can use it at least before snacks break and lunch break. 2) we can wash our children's bags in the weekend and dry them under the bright sun light. To avoid leakage we can use air tight Tiffin box for our children. 3) Germs are everywhere... so we can't totally avoid them... we can just take precautions... like asking our children to use a disposable mask while travelling by school bus... we must not allow them to touch any food items or enter into the bed room until they cleanse themself properly after returning home from the school. 4) We can request the game teacher in the school to ask a child to clean the football after the game period. Each day a new child. 5) We can ask our children to do a flush before use the commode in the school. Ask them to wash the toilet seat with the hand shower before using it. 6) The best way to prevent these germs is to boost the immunity system of our children with proper nutritious food. A strong immune body knows how to fight. I sincerely hope that these tips are handy and fruitful for our dear children.
| Jul 10, 2018
See no offense, but too much use of sanitizer and keeping them in overprotected environment also will reduce their interaction with germs and their bodies resistance power diminishes day by day, in my opinion a balanced approach is better, washing hand just before meals and after using toilets is or visiting a patient is sufficient but not every second minute.
| Jul 11, 2018
how can we avoid such circumstances. We can tell our kids to wash their hands as much as they can . And most important see that kids have healthy food everyday so that their immunity power is strong. We can add some healthy malt drink like PEDIASURE in their milk everyday before they leave for school