How Gross is It? Your Germiest Situations Analyzed
Experts examine some of Mom's most-feared dirt and germ situations to figure out if it's as bad as you think it is -- or worse. Plus, 16 germ-busting products for your family
How gross is it...when the dog licks my baby's face?
Experts say: "The dirtiest mouth -- and the one you are most likely to catch an infection from -- is a human mouth," says Glode. There is a small chance that a dog could transmit the bacteria campylobacter to the child, which can cause diarrhea, but it's not likely, adds Gerba.
When it matters: Dog kisses are not freakout-worthy, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't watch your babe around Fido. "I'm more worried about a dog's bite than a lick," says Glode who recommends keeping babies away from dogs unless you can supervise closely. You run a risk "if the baby pokes the dog or the dog is unknown to her."
How to handle it: To be safe, "you definitely want to wipe the kid's face off," says Gerba, who recommends a baby wipe or paper towel. "But that's about the best you can do."