As parents, we aim to do what is best for our child. Our lives are a delicate dance of give and take. We struggle every day to find that line — the line close to a cautious parent teetering right on the edge of a helicopter parent.
How safe is too safe? How much is too much?
However, time and time again, the answer to that question is proven to be very clear — you can never be too safe with your children.
We’d rather have our children deem us annoying a thousand times, and a thousand more again, if it meant avoiding that one slip up that ends in disaster.
These thoughts run through our minds again and again as we rock in the fetal position wondering why we weren’t warned that this is what we were signing up for.
So, here is the next scary thing parents need to worry about — rubber ducks.
Yes, you read that right. Because our children aren’t even safe in the sanctity of our own bathtubs.
Swiss and American researchers counted the number of bacteria living inside those harmless, adorable little yellow ducks and soon the answer was undeniable. Those ducks are a hot spot for disgusting bugs.
Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that is “often implicated in hospital-acquired infections” were both found hiding inside the duck.
These bacterias can cause eye, ear and even intestinal infections.
Despite being countless children’s favorite bathside toy, it is the end of an era.
If you have one of the filthy things in your bathtub, it is nothing to be ashamed of — just pitch it and life will go on.
Online vendors who are aware of the problems that have become linked to rubber ducks have even begun selling “water-tight” ducks which prevent mildew and are much safer for water activities.
Sorry to break the fun duck bubble, but we thought you would want to know.
If you made it to the end of this article, good for you, you dedicated parent.
Parenting is hard, but with each other’s help, we might just get through it, together.
Remember, it really does take a village to raise a child.
Throw out the duck.
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