Bathrooms are heavily polluted with dangerous bacteria
Particularly young children like to play in the so-called ball. Researchers, however, warn that such baths filled with balls are often contaminated with microbes and dirt, which can lead to serious health risks for children.
The current study by the University of North Georgia confirms the belief of many parents that balls commonly used in pediatric physiotherapy often contain a lot of dirt and microbes that make our children sick. The results of the study are published in the American Journal of Infection Control.
Many parents do not know about the danger of having balls for your children
Parents usually try to keep their children away from potential health hazards. However, not all people know that many balls contain pathogenic bacteria. Parents should be aware of this danger by letting their children play between the balls.
All tested balls had a large number of bacteria
For their study, researchers from the University of North Georgia have studied a total of six different bath tubs in stationary or ambulatory physiotherapy clinics in Georgia. Of individual baths, nine to fifteen balls of different depths were randomly picked up to study. All balls have a large number of bacteria, leading to an increased risk of infection or disease.
There were differences in the level of pollution
Significant differences in the number of micro-organisms between different ball samples were found, the study authors reported. This suggests that clinics use different protocols for cleaning and maintenance. It is necessary to clarify and set standards that can reduce the risk of transmission, researchers add.
Which diseases can be caused by contaminated balls?
The pollution that occurs may have a negative impact on the health of children playing in the balls. Some of the bacteria found on the balls can cause discomfort such as meningitis, urinary tract infection, sepsis and pneumonia. Children's toilet facilities should have a standardized routine cleansing program to reduce the risk of infection, researchers say. (As)