There are 66 million different types of bacteria hiding on the soles of people’s shoes—the same shoes that tramp across the carpet that the new babies learn to crawl on, the same carpet that their tiny hands touch and then put in their mouths, the same carpet that their teething rings and pacifiers and bottles sit on for them to stick in their mouths for comfort. There is not much comfort in 66 million types of bacteria.
A recent story by ABC News highlighted the germs that are left on the carpet when people walk across it with their shoes. Their study found some startling facts, especially for those who have recently had babies that they want to protect from harmful germs and bacteria.
One interesting fact that researchers discovered was that the germs found on the soles of shoes can lead to stomach, lung, and eye infections. Knowing the frequency with which babies and toddlers touch the floor and put their hands in their mouths, their risk of side effects from the soles of people’s shoes increases tremendously.
Furthermore, their study indicated that these bacteria actually lived longer on the soles of shoes than it does in other places. This is because the shoes are literally, constantly on the move. This movement and exposure to new germs is a feeding frenzy that cannot be stopped.
Those considering replacing the carpet with tile or hardwood in order to reduce babies’ exposure to these shoe germs may have good intentions, but intentions will not stop the bacteria. The same study reported that 90% of shoe microorganisms are transferable to tile and hardwood, so removing the carpet will not remove the germs.
Removing shoes is one very effective way to reduce babies’ exposure to the germs found in and on the carpet. Many suggest that keeping a pair of slippers at the door will help jog the memory to take the shoes off. Remembering to carry the shoes to the closet immediately after removing them is also helpful in containing the germs to one central location. Parents are urged to wash their hands after handling their shoes as well.
Another great option is keeping a UviCube on the counter to sterilize the toys that frequent the carpet. Toys and soothing baby accessories that frequent the floor could certainly benefit from a visit to this germ-fighting state of the art invention. Parents who make cleaning these items a part of their daily routine are certain to see a reduction in the number of virus that baby is exposed to.
Those parents who are looking for a way to reduce the number of germs and bacteria that their babies are exposed to without complicating their lives with a laundry list of chores can definitely benefit in 66 million different ways from these two simple tips.