Buggy bacteria

Nearly four out of ten buggies tested by Dettol had high levels of bacteria on their seat or their handles, and 90% of the buggies were unclean, according to Dettol which carried out buggy swabbing research in June 2013.

Nearly four out of ten buggies tested by Dettol had high levels of bacteria on their seat or their handles, and 90% of the buggies were unclean, according to Dettol which carried out buggy swabbing research in June 2013.

The amount of germs on Irish buggies may be down to the fact that only half of mums (52%) wipe down or clean their child’s buggy when it looks dirty or something spills on it.

While almost half of parents (48%) said that they frequently worry about their child’s health, a third of mums think that a toilet is cleaner than their child’s buggy, and over a third say that their buggy is a germ magnet.

The research was announced recently by Dettol at the launch of the Barnardos Buggy Push sponsored by Dettol which will take place on Sunday September 1, in the Phoenix Park. Barnardos and Dettol are calling on all mums, dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles to get their buggies in gear and register for the event. Registration is €20 at www.barnardos.ie or call 1850 222 300. All funds raised will go towards Barnardos work with children and families throughout Ireland.

The Barnardos Buggy Push sponsored by Dettol is a 5km challenge for people with babies and young children and is suitable for fun runners and walkers as well as more serious athletes who want a challenge by running while pushing their baby in their buggy. All who register in advance will receive a fundraising pack which includes a timing chip, exclusive weekly training tips and advice, and a Barnardos running vest and everyone who participates in the event will get free Dettol antibacterial wipes.

To help get you ready for the Barnardos Buggy Push sponsored by Dettol, Barnardos and Dettol have developed the following tips:

1.Take baby steps. If you are just getting back into walking or running after having a baby, it will take your body some time to adjust so take it easy and start slow and make sure you stretch before and after your run or walk.

2. Run tall. Maintain a healthy posture while you push your buggy. Do not lean down onto the buggy as this puts pressure on your back and may cause the buggy to tip.

3. Dress for weather. You might get warm while running or walking with your buggy but your baby might not so make sure you bring a blanket and a jacket for them so they can be comfortable.

4. Pack toys and healthy snacks. These will help keep your baby entertained while you get your exercise.

Ruth Guy, director of marketing and fundraising, Barnardos, said: “CSO figures published recently for 2011 highlighted the increasing deprivation and poverty facing children and families up and down the country. Almost 107,000 children in Ireland are now living in consistent poverty. Barnardos is here for these children and families but we need your help to ensure this work can continue. You can support children in Ireland today by registering on www.barnardos.ie. We are extremely grateful to Dettol, who cover the costs of the event, so that all funds raised by those in the buggies and those pushing them come directly to Barnardos”.