Monday, January 16, 2012

Most New Moms Know ‘5-Second Rule’ Bogus

Most U.S. moms and moms-to-be have basic germ knowledge down pat and most know there is no such things as a “5-second rule,” a survey by Playtex shows. A whopping 95% of new moms and 97% of expectant moms correctly answered that it is best to wash hands after every diaper change. In addition, 87% of both new and expectant moms knew that there is no such thing as the “5-second rule” and said the rule as a myth since germ transfer is instantaneous. However, moms faltered on detecting and disinfecting germ hot spots in the nursery – 49% of new moms and 51% of expectant moms correctly answered that germ hot spots should be disinfected at least once daily, and 32% of new moms and 35% of expectant moms knew the changing table is the nursery’s top germ hotspot. Dr. Benjamin Tanner, a germ expert and microbiologist, said cleaning these hot spots – floor, changing table, toys and laundry hamper – at least once a day is key to helping keep the nursery as germ-free as possible.  Forty-seven percent of new and expectant moms knew the correct amount of time a disinfectant must remain wet on a surface to effectively do its job is 5 to 10 minutes. Afterwards, wipe the surface down with water to get rid of any chemical residue that may irritate your baby’s skin, Tanner said.