Children with undisguised enthusiasm and desire to look at the game pools with balls. Indeed, such a game improves motility and contributes to the sensory development of the child. However, there are a huge number of bacteria that can be dangerous for a child’s body on the game balls - this is reported in a recent study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.
According to a team of researchers from the University of North Georgia (University of North Georgia), ball gaming pools are a haven for germs. 6 pools with balls were investigated, in each of which 31 species of bacteria were found, which can be the cause of infections of the urogenital system, heart disease or skin diseases, pneumonia, meningitis, and not only. Bacteria can sneak into the child’s body if it has a weakened immune system or has cuts / abrasions on the body.
DailyMail notes the following: “To conduct tests, the team fired balls from various parts of the pool. In the dirtiest place, researchers found an average of 170,818 bacteria per ball. One balloon contained 712,000 microbial cells. Although there were many other non-human bacteria in the pools, insects that could sneak past the weakened immune systems of children included Enterococcus faecalis, Staphyloccus hominis, Streptococcus oralis, and Acinetobacter Iwofii. Together, these bacteria can cause sepsis, urinary tract infections, endocarditis, meningitis, bloodstream infections, skin infections, and pneumonia in children. ”
Experts note that the problem is taking place, since there are no uniform standards for the purification of pools with balls. It is curious that the pools installed in pediatric clinics of the USA were investigated. Such "bathing" in the balls is part of the physical therapy of children.