Keeping things clean to prevent germs

There are so many different sets of parenting rules being tossed at parents left and right that sometimes it can be very difficult to figure out which ones to pay attention to. The good news is that there are a few things that you can safely ignore without too many dire circumstances.

Every first time parent starts out by cleaning everything with a sterilising product, cleaning all baby toys, and sterilising almost all pacifiers. The good news is that it is safe to drop this obsession with cleaning without worrying about any damage to your child. Some habits, like popping a child’s pacifier into your mouth first to clean it off may actually benefit your child. Studies are finding that this very practice might help prevent asthma, eczema, and allergies!

Right up in line with being a clean freak is being a germ freak. Many parents toss their children’s toothbrushes after their child gets a cold or the flu. There is a very slim chance that they would even re-infect themselves and in most cases bacteria will not stay on brushes. Scientists investigated colds and strep throat as part of a study and found that in most cases the germs do not stay on bristles so there is no reason to continually replace perfectly good tooth brushes!

Another thing you can ignore is the urge to wake your child up early on the weekends. Many parents feel like they have to in order to keep their children on a routine, but studies have found that teens that got more sleep were less likely to be overweight. So if your child wants to sleep a few hours on the weekends and there is nothing they have to do just let them.