Germ freak moms

Merry - posted on 10/27/2011 ( 34 moms have responded )

9,274

169

248

Shopping cart covers, high chair covers, disposable baby placemats for eating out, etc.
Some moms think the 'good' moms would have all these items and more to keep their baby from being exposed to germs.
But is it better to let them sit in the bare public seats?
Do they benefit from being protected from these germs?
They could pick up some dangerous stuff, worse then just a cold. But is it better to risk the germs?
Or should all good moms be using protective stuff for their babies.

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Denikka - posted on 10/27/2011

2,160

5

748

I don't do the antibacterial hand sanitizer. I don't do the covers. I am super NOT paranoid about germs.
I grew up in a farm life. Even when we lived in the city (my first 6 years of life) we still had a large backyard with a garden. I'd eat peas off the plant, carrots straight outta the ground and drink from the hose.
I was around every single one of my friends who had chicken pox (pah! who needs bed rest XD playing is so much more important :P) among various other diseases. I never had any childhood illnesses and usually only get really sick once a year.
90% of my cleaning is done with vinegar. For my hands/body, it's just regular bar soap.

I do the same thing with my kids. My kid washed his hands after he goes to the bathroom or when he's actually dirty. I also wash my hands before I cook or after I've handled raw meat. Beyond that. . . *shrug*
I'm even okay, for the most part, with strangers who come up and want to touch my kids (no strangers kissing them and I prefer they stay away from their face, a finger rub on the cheek is generally okay though, but that's more creepy factor than being afraid of germs :P)

We also rarely use cold/flu medication. The only pharmaceuticals I can remember using is penicillin for strep throat and I even stopped using that when I found something else that works (echinacia throat spray works WONDERS)
Kids need dirt. Cleaning needs to be done within reason. I think a lot of people have lost that reason. You don't need to bleach/antibacterialize/sanitize everything half a dozen times a day. I think if anyone spends that much time cleaning and worrying, they really need to find another hobby :P


**I don't mean to offend anyone. In my personal life, I know some SaHM's with small children (under 5years old) who literally spend 6-8 hours a day, every day cleaning and sanitizing their house. I'm talking right down to getting down and scrubbing their floors with bleach and pulling out their fridge and stove 4-5 times a week. To me, it's totally crazy to spend THAT much time cleaning. That is what comes to my mind when I think of the term *germaphobe mom* :P

Mary - posted on 10/28/2011

3,348

31

119

Ah Erin - the public restroom nightmare! I am the polar opposite of a germaphobe, but the public bathrooms with a toddler are a freaking nightmare. While I never did cart or highchair covers, I do use this in public restrooms.

http://www.amazon.com/Ginsey-Dora-Foldin...

It's great! It folds up, fits in my purse (in a ziplock bag), and I'm not trying to precariously balance her bare ass on a questionable surface. I was especially grateful for it this past weekend at the pumpkin patch, when the only option was the dreaded spot-a-pot. I must have said "DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING" about a million times in there. It really was nasty.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/28/2011

19,033

9

3003

I use everything that you said. Shopping carts are nasty, and my daughter was in the habit of putting her mouth on the cart. Gross. The cart cover gives her something to play with, and chew on...and distract her. Placemats for the table....they use chemicals to clean off the table, and usually do not do a good job cleaning it to beging with. It is nasty to eat directly off of a public table....would you?? I do not use a high chair cover, but I certainly will wipe a high chair down with baby wipes. Why wouldn't I? Another child has sat in it before my kid, and has made a total mess out of it. That is gross. I would not want to sit in a dirty food ridden chair like that.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

34 Comments

View replies by

Nicole - posted on 10/28/2011

1,117

27

47

We practice basic hygiene in this family. Everything else is just too much work and too expensive to deal with. There is some awesome power in basic hand washing and clean sanitation procedures. I think not allowing kids to be exposed to germs at all can hurt them just as much as exposing them to everything, if not worse. At least the kids who have exposure will at least have an immunity.

[deleted account]

i think that basic hand washing and precautions (i will wipe down the cart handles with a baby wipe but that's about it) are needed. i think it's healthy for my son to be in contact with germs to build his immune system and so that i son't create an unnecessary fear in him

Katherine - posted on 10/28/2011

469

0

34

Kids will be kids, and I believe that allowing them to experience and be put into the germy areas now (high chairs, shopping carts etc) and eating dirt, drinking other kids sippys etc will make their immune system stronger!!!

Thats being said, I went into a daycare today where I work, passed my babe over to the infant room workers, he got hugs and kisses, passed back to me and THEN then tell me "oh by the way we've sent a couple babies home with viruses and a couple with roseola." Thanks you couldn't tell me this BEFORE handling my babe!!!! We dissapeared, saw other rooms then came back, hell he's already been exposed to it!!!

Merry - posted on 10/28/2011

9,274

169

248

Lol gross. Well at least it was freshly dropped food not like my friends daughter who found a molding sippy of juice and drank out of it :-0 kids will be kids tho

Minnie - posted on 10/28/2011

7,076

9

786

I *did* spazz the other day though, when we went out to a restaurant as a family and Adelaide jumped down from her chair to pick up and gobble a chunk of food that another person across the aisle had just dropped.

She was mortified, lol- the lady, not Adelaide. Adelaide just grinned at her.

Uuuuuuuggghh.

Kate CP - posted on 10/28/2011

8,942

36

754

Ditto Teresa (except the germaphobe mom part...I don't have one of those). The only times my kids ever get really sick is from their allergies. They inherited their dad's hay fever. :/

[deleted account]

Oh, and my mom is a total germaphobe and my kids make a game out of freaking her out w/ gross stuff.... lol

[deleted account]

I am not a germ freak at all! I've never used (or even thought to use) 'protective' stuff. Forget to wash my kids hands before eating. Let random (known) people hold my under 5 pounds infants at 11 days old... Taken all my kids out and around the general public as newborns, etc.... We are hardly ever sick.

Caitlin - posted on 10/28/2011

1,915

5

171

I'm not worried abot germs so much.. I'm worried about allergens! That's just me though.. I proabbyl get the look fo "crazy germaphonbe mom" when i'm sanitizing the foodcourt table and chairs and highchairs before my daughter sits down, gets a table covering thing and then gets her own homemade lunch pulled out of a bag. Meh, let ppl think what they want, but i'm doing it to keep my kid from ending up in the ER...

I'm very lax about cleaning everything.. I keep our floors swept, I use the vileda mop when there is some sort of liqid spill that will get sticky, but for the most part, I don't like most of the cleaning stuff out there anyways, because it's scented and it agravates my asthma, so I mostly just use soap and water for cleaning most things.

Merry - posted on 10/28/2011

9,274

169

248

Yuck. Well my manager at culverts was especially anal about high chairs. Same with the one at kopps. So those places where I worked we were good with the cleaning. But obviously it's up to the managers to make the employees do it or not. And it sucks when you get lax workers who don't care.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/28/2011

19,033

9

3003

Yeah that is nasty about the tables. The high chair thing, I have no idea what they do at night or before opening, but I cannot tell you how many times I have seen a table cleared off that had children and the high chairs put in the designated spots WITHOUT a wipedown when being returned, and that was by the employees.

Merry - posted on 10/28/2011

9,274

169

248

I've worked at various food places and we always were good about washing High chairs every morning and every night. If the parents left the chair at the table it got a quick wipe down before we returned it but if they returned it the self we had no idea it was used so it got no wiping.

Considering, I think every restaurant I worked at did a good job trying to keep high chairs clean.

That said I'm still hesitant to use them :P

Table tops did gt wiped every time but I really don't think they got clean since the bucket had sanitizer water soltion in it and rags n it and we just reused the water and rags all day.

Yuck.

Stifler's - posted on 10/28/2011

15,141

154

597

i do the baby wipes thing sometimes but i don't go around squirting sanitiser on everything like some of my friends do with their kids.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/28/2011

19,033

9

3003

Also, I have NEVER seen an employee wipe down a high chair after it has been used. They are filthy.

Ez - posted on 10/27/2011

6,569

25

232

The only time I worry about germs is in public bathrooms. I work in a doctor's office, so I know the infection control policies that are in place. As long as my kid is not licking the door knobs, I'm good. But public bathrooms with a toddler do make me cringe. I actually tell her to put her hands on her head and make a game out of it so she doesn't touch everything lol.

Otherwise, meh. We wash hands before eating, after using the toilet or touching the dog, and get on with it. She did spend all of last winter (ages 15-21mths) sick with recurrent tonsillitis (9 bouts in 6 months, which was AWFUL and included several trips to hospital) but it certainly did her immune system good. She hasn't even had a cold for 12 months, and now she is at daycare.

My awesome GP explained it to me like this when I was freaking out about her being sick all the time.... Every kid is going to get sick. You can't stop it. So they either get sick in that first winter as a toddler, or they live a life full of hand sanitizer and shopping cart covers and it hits them when they go to preschool or school.

Becky - posted on 10/27/2011

2,892

44

92

I bought a shopping cart cover, couldn't figure it out the first time I tried to use it and now don't have a clue where it is. I am 50/50 on the issue. On the one hand, I would prefer to expose them to germs more now and build up their immunity so that when they start school they are not sick all the time and missing a lot of school. On the other hand, one of my kids got hand foot and mouth disease and the other got C Diff - which can be very serious, but fortunately wasn't in his case - when we didn't know anyone else who had either, so it could have possibly been from shopping carts. Again though, when Zach got hand, foot and mouth, he was over it in 3 days. Jeff (dh)caught it from him and was in horrible pain for about a week! So, yeah, I'd rather they get these things over with when they're little and seem to recover more quickly.
I am far from germophobic.

Janice - posted on 10/27/2011

1,890

18

63

I used a shopping cart cover for awhile when my daughter was about 9-18 mo. but she would often fall asleep in the car and then sleep through shopping so it was a comfort thing too. Overall I dont care too much, not a germ freak at all really. I am cautious about public bathrooms and drs offices but thats it.
It was kind of funny last week I had to see a neurologist due to migraines. KD had goldfish crackers and dropped 1 and then put in her mouth. I thought the dr was going to die! I was like "its okay - I'm sure this neurology is much less germy than other places in the hospital" LOL

Stifler's - posted on 10/27/2011

15,141

154

597

My kid has had a cold once and and ear infection once in 21 months and I hardly take any germophobe precautions.

Katherine - posted on 10/27/2011

469

0

34

I was given a shoping cart cover, never used it.

I would rather he be exposed and build up his immunity to the germs that are lingering everywhere.

I am however a bit hesitent about stayin in the the waiting room at the hospital/doctors office when people are coughing, sneezing and vomitting, I would rather not deal with that with my 7 month old!!!!

Denikka - posted on 10/27/2011

2,160

5

748

Most moms are more relaxed about almost everything when they have their second, third, fourth etc child.
A lot of first time moms are the more paranoid ones. They're unsure about what they're doing, if they're doing it right, what other people are going to say, etc.
By the time you get to your second+ child, you've heard most of the crap and you're much more comfortable in your role.
The first child is the guinea pig kid :P

Merry - posted on 10/27/2011

9,274

169

248

Liz, the covers go over the parts the baby touches and or sucks on.
We had one for Eric cuz I thought it was the 'good mom' thing to do. Now I wear Fierna when I shop and hold her on my lap when out eating so I haven't thought about it for her yet but I'm thinking I want to be a bit more relaxed about germs with her.
Eric didn't get sick more then 3 times his first 18 months of life, likely to his nursing every hour-two hours. But then I conceived fia and my milk went way down right at cold season and he was sick almost entirely from 18-24 months! Oct-April. So fia is only 5 months and has already had two colds and Eric hadn't gotten his first til 6 months and I've realized I'm much more lax about her germ exposure. And maybe it's a good thing. With Eric yeah I kept him from catching anything for 6 months and very few for the first year and a half but when he wasn't getting as much milk he caught everything under the sun! Including a horrible stomach virus that made him lose 5 lbs. so maybe I am thinking to not be so anal about germs.

Stifler's - posted on 10/27/2011

15,141

154

597

I think it's over kill. Unless you're going to go around wearing a mask you're not protecting your kid from anything by putting a trolley infant seat cover, hand sanitiser, or strap your kids hands in the stroller/trolley so they can't touch anything or put anything in their mouth,. Cold and flus are airborne illnesses aswell as hand to hand.

[deleted account]

I've never used any kind of covers. That kind of stuff really doesn't stress me out. What I am much more conscious of are not exposing her to people or kids who are sick (more than just the sniffles). I made a huge fuss once after someone had stupidly given my daughter (14 months old then) a seriously nasty vomitting bug and am probably known as 'super-paranoid mom' now. I think handwashing is really the best you can do when it comes to protecting them from germs that might linger on stuff they touch.

Sherri - posted on 10/27/2011

9,593

15

387

I have a shopping cart cover, high chair covers etc. I am not an anal germ nut. However, you do not want your child especially at cold, flu season touching all these things and putting their hand in their mouths as all babies do.



I am all for exposing them to germs, heck I take my 2 day old newborns to the older kids schools to show them off. However, I do think there is a point especially with some things that it is for their own good to keep them somewhat protected.

Amie - posted on 10/27/2011

6,596

20

408

This is why I teach my children proper hand washing methods. When they're too young to know, I do it for them. It's really not hard.

Elfrieda - posted on 10/27/2011

2,620

0

458

The only place I'm really jumpy about germs is the hospital/doctor's office.

Minnie - posted on 10/27/2011

7,076

9

786

I think a lot of our susceptibility to disease has to do with our diets as well.

I think it's good to be concerned about dangerous microorganisms, but I personally can't be obsessed about every surface my children touch when we're out. Evelyn just came down with pneumonia, the rest of us only got head colds. She was really really sick. Hand washing is a good thing, but I don't use shopping cart covers and I do let them ingest a good mouthful of dirt every day. :)

JuLeah - posted on 10/27/2011

3,133

38

681

Trust the kid, Turst nature, Trust the design of the human body .... in our firt few years we have mom's milk which keeps us protected from all the germs we are exposed to ... and we must be exposed, or our bodies never develop a system to fight them off ....

We, this culture, are so far removed from our source, so far removed from how evolution/God meant for us to live .... no wonder we have the illness we have.

Our kids are expected to have a short life span then us ... and react to that by doing more of the things that got us into the mess - removing ourselves even further from what we were meant to be

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms