(CLEVELAND CLINIC) – bullet holes is an interesting way for children to spend energy. However, according to one recent study, they are also full of microbes and bacteria.
For research, researchers tested bulb pits, located in different clinics of physical therapy.
They found a significant amount of bacteria in all places, some of which could potentially cause infection.
"They found that many bacteria can live in these wells," says M. Esper of a clinical childrens clinic who did not take part in the study. "Most of the bacteria themselves were bacteria that you might expect; bacteria that is on the skin of children; usually found in the mouth, and some of the bacteria in the intestine. There were no stable or really dangerous bacteria. You do not find bad, harmful microbes for a normal baby. "
Dr. Esper said there is a risk of exposure, especially as researchers have checked out ballroom holes in clinics – while types of ball pits found in restaurants or public parks may potentially have even more bacteria.
For the most part, he said that it is absolutely safe for children to play in the pockets of their mothers. However, if a child has a compromised immune system, or if they are on drugs that reduce their ability to fight infections, precautions should be taken.
Similarly, if a child has an open wound or wound, it's best to stay out of the balloon hole to avoid infection.
Dr. Esper adds that, like any gaming zone, good hand hygiene is important in a ball well.
"Wash your hands before and after jumping into a ball pit," he said. – Understand that they will be exposed to microbes in a ball well, as they will be exposed to microbes in any playground, and that is normal. Most children who jump into a balloon will be fine when they come out of a balloon pit.
Dr. Esper said research has shown that it is a good idea for the tool to review the types of sterilization techniques used for this activity.
The full study results can be found in the American Journal of Infection Control.
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