Dirty Truth about Kids: Staph on Tablets

It's no secret that tablets, and just about any type of touch screen, is covered in bacteria. It’s the type of item that our kids are constantly touching and maybe not washing their hands immediately afterwards.

So, WKYC went out and did our own test at CETEC-Cleveland Environmental Technologies, Inc. Lab in Cleveland. What did we find? That our kids’ tablets had over 300 colonies of staph on them! The lab tech told us that the count was so high, it was too hard to even put a number on it.

And it’s no secret that any parent can get stressed out easily, after seeing all of these items that potentially carry dangerous bacteria, not just tablets.

“Even if there was time, I couldn't physically walk after [or behind] each of them [to] clean everything that they touch because they are constantly touching something,” said Katie Kasza, a mother of four.

So what can you do to prevent this from happening, or have it stay persistent in your home? Here’s a summary of what you should, and shouldn’t worry about, according to Dr. Frank Esper with University Hospitals.

Every surface unfortunately has staph, even your skin. Whether there’s a lot or a little, it’s all the same risk.

“Any time you break open that skin, then there's a possibility that the staph, if it's on top of the skin, can fall under the skin and cause infection,” says Dr. Esper.

Dr. Esper also says our bodies are well equipped to fight off these infections, but serious cases can attack the heart, lungs, and kidneys. He says the best defense is to keep the skin as clean as possible. This means daily washing and not using bar soap. He says bar soap can easily become contaminated with staph, and to use liquid soap instead.

He also mentions that staph and every other bacteria gets on to your skin. First, through the hands and then the body. Dr. Esper says good hand washing has always shown to decrease the infection risk that you’ll have.

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