23/07/2013 at 12:06
There is this common situation when feeding babies/child, if they drop food on the floor, do you pick it up and give it back to them or is it doomed for the bin?
There was this documentary on the BBC earlier this year regarding whether the 5 second rule exists for food dropped on the floor. It had shocking results, they dropped pizza, apple and buttered toast on the floor for 5 seconds. The Dr tested the pieces of food and they found that each pick up lots of bacteria. The Dr said that the bacteria is on the food instantly when it hits the floor and he would never eat anything that has been on the floor.
What are your thoughts? Do you give food back to your child if it has been on the floor? Does it depend where you are and whether they get it back? Do you have your own rules? or are you very strict and it goes straight in the bin?
Will be interesting to hear from you to see what your thoughts are and what rules you have on this topic
23/07/2013 at 12:34
Yes it's true that germs can spread from a moment's touch but that includes their clothes, toys, cutlery, plates, bowls, highchairs...these are all things LOs place into their mouths too.
Even if you try to stop your LO having food from the floor they are bound to find someone else's disguarded food lying around & attempt to nibble (at the park, indoor play centres, restaurants) so I'm prepared for them to pick up germs but it all helps build their immunity.
23/07/2013 at 12:40
I saw that! it was pretty grim! I would never give my LO anything that fell on the floor other than when she is in her high chair as everytime before feeding i wipe the lamimate floor with antibacterial spray around and under her chair and also put a mess mat down. NEVER in a public space, shop, cafe, etc. But then LOs find a way! I found my little one eating an old bit of apple she found under the sofa the other day, yuk!!
23/07/2013 at 12:45
I am also prepared that my LO come into contact with a little germs to build their immunity as if you protect them too much from them it can be a detriment to their health, but when it comes to food I always try to be very careful.
23/07/2013 at 12:47
My friends lo was caught sucking pebbles from the garden! Dread to think what germs were on them. I only ever let lo have something off a clean floor in my home, never anywhere else. And even some things I wo t let her have, like pizza or toast that's fallen wet side down. There's only so much u can do and a few germs do help build immunity
24/07/2013 at 21:16
My son puts pebbles in his mouth as well, yuk. More concerned with choking!
I've seen at the park a father give their child back a ice lolly from the floor, it was covered in dirt! I wouldn't have done that.
What about the toys that go into their mouths, they must be covered in germs too!
25/07/2013 at 22:53
I think that children pick up germs from all over the place. I would let Annabel eat food that has been on the floor at home, I would maybe more cautious if it happened outside the house. But I think it is good for your LO to get exposure to germs as it does build their immunity. Children suck everything, I often wonder how many germs are present on the communal toys at play groups, on the toys that hang off the buggy, and on my own hands when Annabel sucks them.
In France (and other parts of Europe) they don't sterilise bottles they just wash them out in soapy water and I don't believe that they have higher incidences of childhood diseases.
04/08/2013 at 22:21
My son put a snail, yes a snail in his mouth today Took it out as fast as I could and rinsed his mouth with water! I wonder how many germs the snail had?
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