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22/02/2013 at 07:46
Dollys post has made me think about germs and how different people react to them! I'm not getting at Dolly here. I'm just curious.
My boss is REALLY bad about worrying about germs (I work as a nanny, mum is at home though) it drives me bonkers if I'm honest, but I'm used to her now. If she comes home from the shops with toys for her LO he's not allowed them till she's dettol sprayed them/washed soft toys. When her H comes home he HAS to wash his hands before picking LO up. If I take him to the park and put him on the swings I have to wash his hands when I take him off. She doesn't let LO in the hallway because he is crawling and thats where people walk into with shoes on.
I think I'm probably like most people.. my kids wash their hands before they eat and stuff but I wouldn't think of wiping their hands after each thing they go on at the park.. I wash my hands, before preparing foods, after nappies after toilet etc but not excessively. My boss, her hands are cracked and sometimes bleeds because she washes so much :-(
How are you about germs?
22/02/2013 at 07:57
Im like you. Kids get germs so Im not ocd about it but i dont let him lick the toilet seat lol
I work in London and uae the tube daily. Its gross the things i see so i have a bottle of antibac stuff in mg bag amd wash hands as soon as Im in tbe office or back home. Then like you afyer toilet before food etc. Just normal stuff.
22/02/2013 at 08:03
I'm the same as you really, I do it what I consider important times but I don't go overboard. I think with children it is very difficult to control what they are touching because they flit about from one thing to another, I'd have to chase my son around constantly with a wipe if I wanted him to remain completely germ-free! Also isn't it better that their bodies learn to deal with the odd germ now? N is a finger sucker though and I didn't realise what a problem that would be until recently when he picked up an eye infection and thread worm in the same week I did turn a bit obsessive for two weeks, constantly washing all our bed sheets, pjs, wiping door handles etc as I wanted to make sure we were rid and now I am a lot more wary of how easily these things are picked up!
22/02/2013 at 08:04
A few germs are good for kids, builds up their immune system.
Hands are washed after the toilet has been used, nappy changed etc. I used to wipe down the highchair before I put my kids in it, when we were out too. Along with washing hands before touching food, and again after if i'd touched raw meat, thats about it.
22/02/2013 at 08:08
I'm the same as you - hands need washing at certain times, but she sounds a bit over the top with it all.
22/02/2013 at 08:13
They are allowed to crawl/walk anywhere in the house. They wash their hands before and after meals and using the loo.
I wash hands before and after preparing food, changing nappies, wiping noses
If they went to hospital then I don't let them crawl round the floor, I also wouldn't want Isaac putting the toys in his mouth but I wouldn't really be able to stop him with the toys.
Isaac helps him self to the guinea pig food and I caught him drinking out their water bottle too
22/02/2013 at 08:18
I'm like you ML I feel for people that are more concerned by germs as it must get consuming.
I had a bit of a problem with P for a while. He takes everything as gospel, so when school started laying on about germs telling them to was their hands constantly he literally was. He got a cough and was washing his hands each time he coughed, maybe done will agree with this but it was too much. I could see P is the sort of child that would very easily get too worried by talk of germs and washing his hands and it got a bit uneasy.
22/02/2013 at 08:25
QS - N's school teach them to cough into their arm rather than their hands so that they're not then directly touching everything but also don't need to go and wash or worry too much about germs spreading. Maybe you could try and get him to do that then he won't worry??
22/02/2013 at 08:30
I'm the same as you lot, they wash their hands after the toilet and before eating.
I wash my hands before preparing food, after touching raw meat and after I've been to the toilet.
22/02/2013 at 08:41
Lb that's a great idea, I never thought of that one thank you. It was the same when they drummed it into them about eating healthy, he wouldn't eat anything that didn't have health benefits he just takes everything so literally.
22/02/2013 at 08:45
I'm not quite as bad as your boss but I do have a few issues. I can't help it though, it's just me.
When E was crawling I was a bit funny about where she was allowed to crawl but no totally obsessive.
I always carry antibacterial gel and if we go any where like soft play or the park then I anti bac her hands.
The thought of her touching anything in a public toilet actually makes me feel hot and feel sick.
Beaches make me uncomfortable, don't know why? I don't deal with sand everywhere very well. E coming out of the sea wet and getting covered in sand makes me gag but I don't stop her from doing it.
I like everything to be clean at home, I clean my kitchen surfaces at least twice a day with anti bac and my toilet every day. My floors are mopped everyday with bleach.
I wouldn't eat or drink round one of my friends house because its not very clean and I wouldn't take E there. I don't even like sitting on her sofa!
I saw someone last week letting their baby play on the floor in a hospital waiting area and it made me feel sick!
To be honest writing it down makes me realise I probably do have a few issues but I don't know where they come from?
I'm a country girl around animals and horses etc so you'd think I wouldn't be so bad?
Ah bless, well at least he's taking it in haha. I know what you mean too, when they started doing cutting with scissors at school, all of a sudden he won't let me cut his nails and gets really upset even just talking about it. So annoying as now I have to either sneak in when he's asleep and do it or get pin him down, restrain him and get H to do it - nightmare!
22/02/2013 at 08:52
It made me laugh I just had a look on Facebook and this advert was on there...
22/02/2013 at 16:48
I'm the same as the majority on the thread. I was actually quite lax before Miss CV and became a bit more conscious after having her. Raw chicken gives me the heebie jeebies a bit since having her and I'm **really** careful with it now - even want so far as using disposable gloves to chop fillets for a while but have given up on that thankfully (although do ask butcher to chop to save me having to when i remember).
I was determined to avoid illness over Christmas and we did a lot of hand washing - so much so I was worried I'd give her a complex! But hey, it worked!
22/02/2013 at 17:16
Cv I use disposable gloves with chicken, the thought if raw chicken makes me feel queesy , o I clean my fridge a few times a week, toilet bleached daily. Floors mopped mostly daily but maybe every 2 days.
Dolly seeing children playing in a hospital cubicle crawling round the floor picking stuff up makes me feel sick too. I don't like children visiting in hospitals either x
22/02/2013 at 19:44
Dolly, I understand, my boss I know is embarrassed about it, she links it to her having PND and says she's been so much more paranoid since having her LO. She still can't help it though, she didn't let me take him out before christmas incase he caught NoroVirus from somewhere.
I don't like O or E playing with the toys at the doctors surgery but its impossible to stop them really.
22/02/2013 at 19:46
O I don't mind the toys in the drs or at hospital as I know they are cleaned regularly, but crawling round the floor, picking up things people have dropped Eugh!
22/02/2013 at 19:47
How do you know they clean them CP?! I bet they don't at our doctors surgery, they don't look clean anyhow!
22/02/2013 at 20:07
Iv seen them at our surgery and in all the hospitals iv worked its on the checklists that you have to sign when you have cleaned them. Can't speak for your surgery though, they might be mingers
We have a cat which actually made it impossible to keep the floors clean when my daughter was at the crawling stage - simply because the cat drops hairs everywhere she goes all the time.
I would never let her (my daughter) crawl around on the floor in the changing rooms of our local swimming baths which I see other mums do.
She went through a phase of eating soil out of flower pots without it doing her any harm whatsoever, much to my amazement.
I try to make sure we keep clean in the house and am very careful about things like washing hands after handling meat and using separate utensils and chopping boards.
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