Too clean for your children's good

Parents should learn to keep the optimal balance between avoidance and exposure to germs as being overly clean carries its own risk of disease

Parents who are excessively concerned about cleanliness may wish to put away the hand sanitiser occasionally.

While a recent study shone a spotlight on how some children's bath toys, such as rubber ducks, can harbour harmful bacteria, medical experts say there is also such a thing as being too clean, which presents other health risks.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 08, 2018, with the headline 'Too clean for your children's good'. Subscribe