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Ditch Your Rubber Ducky

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  • A yellow rubber duck has been a staple in toddler bath-time rituals for decades and were popularized when Sesame Street released their classic ode to the duck in February 1970
  • Researchers have discovered what many moms already knew: These plasticized rubber toys harbor millions of bacteria and fungi. As such they were the source of a multidrug-resistant outbreak of pseudomonas at a children's hospital
  • These seemingly innocuous toys are not only a source of harmful bacteria, including Legionella and pseudomonas, but also contain industrial-strength endocrine disruptors — phthalates — linked to neurodevelopmental disorders, respiratory problems and more
  • Consider replacing your plastic and rubber bath toys with washable cloth toys, drying them on high heat in the dryer to kill bacteria, and tub toys without holes to reduce the risk of exposure to harmful bacteria

By Dr. Mercola

Little, yellow rubber ducks often adorn toddler bath time and were popularized when Sesame Street released their classic ode to the duck in February 1970. Sung by Sesame Street character Ernie, with the voice of Jim Henderson, the song became a surprise mainstream hit, reaching No.16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September of the same year and nearly winning a Grammy the following year.


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