Going to the doctor? Bring your own stuffed animal companion, experts say

Going to the doctor? Bring your own stuffed animal companion, experts say
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Going with your kids to the pediatrician? Avoid using the stuffed animals there. Instead bring your own plush companions, experts advise.

This is one of the latest new tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It aims to prevent the spread of germs in doctors’ offices, HealthDay reports.

The problem is that fluffy and cuddly stuffed animals can be an ideal place for germs to hide. It’s also difficult to keep the toys as clean as they should be.

So, a better solution is to simply bring your own stuffed animals. Infection control in doctors’ offices or other outpatient locations should be as strict as in hospitals, according to the academy.

Cough and sneeze etiquette and hand hygiene are key measures for curbing infections. Pediatricians should post visual reminders for people to cover their nose and mouth with their elbows rather than their hands when coughing and sneezing, and to properly dispose of tissues, the AAP advises.

Cough and sneeze etiquette and hand hygiene are also key measures for curbing infections. Pediatricians should post visual reminders for people to cover their nose and mouth with their elbows rather than their hands when coughing and sneezing, and to properly dispose of tissues, the AAP advises.

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