Sanitation: How Much Is Too Much?Parents, before you go buy fistfuls of antibacterial wipes and clean every surface your baby comes into contact with, consider this. While you do need to be very careful regarding your infant's contact with germs, health exerts warn parents not to overdo it. "The 'hygiene hypothesis' basically says that too clean environments promote food allergies and asthma, because there is not enough exposure to various bacteria and allergens in early life," says Amy Shaw, immunology expert. "It's a good idea to be aware and clean, but don't go crazy," says Dr. Ari Brown. One parent recommends bringing a simple blanket along to the grocery store. That way, you can cover any area your baby comes into contact with. If you do go with wipes, you need to be careful about what you use to clean your baby and surfaces they come into contact with. Antibacterial soaps and sanitizers are fuel for superbugs and antibiotic-resistant viruses. Some antibacterial ingredients are even harmful on their own. Take triclosan, for example, which causes poor hormonal regulation, liver fibrosis and cancer.
Here are a few safe, natural products you can safely use to disinfect surfaces like shopping carts:
- Pure Fresh N' Clean Natural Face
- Babyganics Face, Hand & Baby Wipes
- Seventh Generation Original Soft and Gentle Free and Clear Baby Wipes