Experts say parents should beware of sandboxes this summer
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - If you take your kids to the playground, doctors say you should be extra careful around sandboxes.
Health experts say they can be breeding grounds for bacteria, parasites and other infectious germs.
Researchers blame this on animals using them as litter boxes, or kids interacting with other kids.
Doctors at NYU Medical Center describe sandboxes as "swimming pools without disinfecting chlorine."
In a recent study, researchers found a bacteria called C. difficile was present in nearly 53-percent of sandboxes tested in Spain.
It can cause symptoms ranging from mild diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon.
If you let your children play in sandboxes, doctors recommend washing their hands or using disinfecting wipes before and after they play.
They also say to keep the sandbox covered when it's not being used to keep out insects and animals.
Also, let the sand dry before covering it.
Experts say wet sand is an ideal place for bacteria to grow.