What do you do when you just handed your child a granola bar and they drop it on the ground? Do you quickly grab it, dust it off, blow on it a little and give it back to your child or do you throw it out and open a new granola bar for your child to eat?
Does your 5 second rule change from when you are at home verses when you are away from home?
For me, if it’s a cracker or other dry food I will dust it off or blow on the food and give it back to my child, and that’s only if we are home.
I have seriously screamed out of fright when my children have picked up a piece of food they found on the floor and put into their mouth. I have pulled a “super fling” where in the span of 2 seconds, I have grabbed that nasty piece of germ infested food right out of their mouth and catapulted the item through the air and across the parking lot of the mall. If that didn’t get it out, the shrill of my frightened voice screaming, “NO!” has done wonders!
It’s nice that you can use bleach to disinfect surfaces, sippy cups, and other items when they get dirty, but food is another story.
A San Diego State University study funded by Clorox demonstrated that the 5-second rule may not be the best idea after all. The study found that germs attached to carrots and baby bottles when dropped on several household surfaces within 5 seconds. Ewwww!
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Jill Kathan says:
Oh I have a good one for this!
If we are at home, my parent’s house, friends, or family – we allow my 2 1/2 year old daughter Kelsey Anne, to pick something she drops off the floor and eat it – ONLY if it is clean place! Now, if I am out at a store, outside, ect NO WAY! However, we have tried to teach her to show us BEFORE she eats it! Well, just recently, somehow our cat’s food was on the floor and she thought it was her food – so she did NOT show my husband it and ended up eating it!
She DID NOT like it! She told the cat – YOU HAVE YUCKY FOOD! I DO NOT LIKE IT! YOU EAT YOUR FOOD – I EAT MINE! We died laughing! She NEVER has touched his food again!!