Don't panic. Good that your little one did not lick your phone. Surprised? Read on. You will be more surprised when you finish reading this.
Toddlers love to play with our cell phones as the touchscreen technology is so appealing to them. To keep our little ones distracted and calm, we hand over our smartphones to them. At times, these devices act like a babysitter for us.
Ever wondered how dirty is your phone?
According to many studies, your phone is 10 times dirtier than an average toilet seat. It might look clean, but there are thousands of germs living on your touch-screens. And, they are capable of spreading sickness and diarrhoea.
Why is your phone so filthy?
A smart phone has evolved to be the eleventh finger for almost everyone. With the proximity of your phones to your mouth, ears and nose, they have become a hot spot for germs. We touch dirty things and then touch our phones, transferring germs to our devices. I agree that we wash our hands, but, we never clean our phones! We place them on dirty surfaces like our work stations, kitchen and yes, in our bathroom as well. Cell phones are not just hotspot for germs but they are also their breeding ground. Our phones are always warm from the battery, we store them in dark spaces like purses and pouches. Hence they breed bacteria!
Will those germs make your baby sick?
Studies prove that most of the germs on the phones are not dangerous to adults. That's because, we have a completely functioning immune system. But, these germs will affect our little ones as they have an underdeveloped immune system.
Well, what are my options?
- Clean your phone regularly. Increase the cleaning frequency when someone is sick at your home or office.
- Don't give your phones to others. Our bodies are immune to the set of germs we carry, but not to those from others.
- Babies explore everything with their mouth. So, stop using your phones and other gadgets when your baby or toddler is around. When your little one tries to grab your phone, tell them "this is mommy’s phone and you should play with your toys”. Remind them every time they try grabbing it from you and they will understand.
- After all this, if your toddler manages to get to the phone, get their hands washed immediately. Because, up to 30 percent of virus can be transferred from the screen of your device to your fingers.
- Last, but, the most important one. Stop using your phones in bathroom. Studies show that 1 in 6 cell phones have fecal matter on them.
You may wonder, doesn't exposure to germs build immunity and keeps babies healthy in the long run? Our babies will get exposed to germs they need naturally. We cannot bring them up in a sterile environment. But, let’s not expose them to germs knowing where they can pick them from.
“The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable” -Lane Olinhouse. Happy parenting!