If you are not aware there have been massive outbreaks of Hand foot and mouth disease/ Fifths Disease and MRSA outbreaks, these are all 3 separate and non related viruses. They are going around the parks and schools etc... I have a question... does anyone know if lysol kills these viruses? Cause I have no problem showing up to a playground and coating everything with lysol before my son plays on it, but I am not sure if thats effective or if its just better to keep him away from playgrounds... although thats near impossible with a toddler. Anyone have any info?
Hey Nat, good question! I have no idea what the answer is, but post it on Mia Bella's facebook page - you'll get a great answer from them.
Lysol definitely doesn't kill MRSA.
Nat - I read some research a while back regarding bleach and MRSA - the question was just about bathtubs and a kid that had come down with MRSA - the physicians said bleach was what would kill it but of course that's great if it's a bathtub, another story on a place like the playground. Def heard also Lysol won't do anything for MRSA.
No lysol will not kill MRSA. The only thing that will is the heavy duty cleaner that they use in the hospitals. This stuff you can't even touch without gloves causes its carcinogenic. Nasty stuff. Esssential oils can be used to treat viruses if you child comes down with it (hopefully that won't happen) Essential oils can actually get inside the cell to work against the bacteria. Its amazing stuff.
There is stuff called Hibi-clense available at drug stores that you can bathe with. I was a carrier for MRSA during my second pregnancy - it's actually very common - and my doc told me to use it before my scheduled c-section to rid myself of it before the hospital stay. I did and it worked. So, I don't know if it kills it, or if it just cleans you really well - but you could ask your pediatrician if it's safe for little ones to bathe in or at least wash their hands if you're really nervous about playgrounds.
Wait. Where have there been MRSA outbreaks?? Crap. Another thing to worry about.
The best thing you can do is make sure that you clean his hands after each outing and while you're out. Carry around purell or wet-ones and wipe everything down before you eat out... Make sure he doesn't share sippy cups with anyone. Even though kids may seem well, the incubation period for these diseases are up to 7 days so it's virtually impossible to predict (or figure out using hindsight) where they pick it up from. Even grown-ups who don't usually get the illness can carry and pass along the disease to other kids. So really, it's not preventable. Just keep A sanitized whenever possible.....or he could be the next Bubble Boy. I don't think it turned out well for that kid though....