I was recently sent some products from Dettol to try out along with some very interesting information on how to keep your baby healthy which is something I'm sure you will agree all of us mums want to do.
Research has shown that baby blankets and clothes can carry harmful bacteria, even after being washed at 40°C1, meaning that bacteria such as coliforms – a group of bacteria linked to faeces – can be spread from the washing machine straight to newborns. The bacteria from these contaminated items can also stay alive on hands for up to three hours2 and can therefore be transferred to other items around the home.
As a baby’s immune system only begins to produce its own antibodies at two to three months old3, they are most susceptible to infections at this time. Mums and mums-to-be are being encouraged to take straightforward measures to ensure that all materials and surfaces that come into contact with their newborn are hygienically cleaned to help prevent them falling ill.
Dettol has provided a simple 3-step guide to help expectant and new parents ensure their homes are fully prepared for the arrival of their newborn.
The ABC to keeping your baby healthy:
A is for... Additional anti-bacterial protection
Ensure that you use anti-bacterial cleaning products around the home that are suitable for use around baby, whilst removing potentially harmful bacteria.
B is for... Beware of bacteria
Before preparing bottles, wash your hands with a good anti-bacterial hand wash to remove up to 99.9% of bacteria. Bacteria can thrive in warm areas and multiplies fastest at 37 degrees4 – human body temperature.
C is for... Clean hygienically
Make sure all materials and surfaces that come into contact with baby are washed hygienically to help remove coliforms, including changing mats, bottle preparation areas, baby clothes and bed linen.
Dettol has a range of products which help to keep your baby healthy:
Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser is an additive proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria even when washing your baby’s laundry at temperatures below 30°C.
Dettol Anti-bacterial Surface Cleanser Spray and Wipes are bleach-free so are safe to use around baby and kill 99.9% of bacteria on surfaces such as bottle preparation areas and changing mats.
Dettol with E45 Softness is a dual-action solution, which kills 99.9% of bacteria at every wash and keeps your hands feeling soft and cleansed.
Another study that Dettol conducted involved bacteria in lunchboxes which is a concern for me as my son takes a packed lunch to school.
Lunchboxes potential breeding grounds for bacteria
Research carried out by the Dettol Back to School Study shows that only 48 per cent of parents clean and disinfect their child's lunchbox every day.  This means crumbs can build up and the lunch box can become a breeding ground for bacteria such as E.coli, salmonella and staphylococcus aureus. However, a quick wipe with a dishcloth may not help as research has found that nine out of ten dishcloths in the UK are ‘heavily contaminated’ with bacteria. 2
Lunchboxes often remain in warm conditions in schoolbags for hours, without being refrigerated, meaning that they are in the room temperature ‘danger zone’ where bacteria multiplies most rapidly, increasing the risk of food poisoning. In these conditions, one bacterium such as salmonella could become several million in just eight hours. 3
In order to help reduce the risk of foodborne tummy bugs, Dettol has compiled three easy top tips for parents to follow:
- Pack frozen water bottles into the lunchbox as freezer packs. This will cool down the food inside, helping to prevent it from hitting the danger zone, and the water should be ready to drink by lunch time.
- After lunch, children should be encouraged to discard all leftover perishable food and packaging, emptying crumbs straight into the bin. Avoid reusing packaging such as sandwich bags and tinfoil because they could contaminate other food.
- Wipe down the lunchbox with an antibacterial wipe, such as Dettol Anti-bacterial Cleansing Surface Wipes, before packing in order to kill 99.9% of bacteria.