High Chair Germ Alert!

I read this in Parents Magazine last night and think it’s important to share.

Restaurant high chairs are covered with bacteria, according to a study from the University of Arizona…When scientists swabbed the seats and arms of high chairs in 30 restaurants, they found bacteria counts much higher than those on the average public toilet seat, even though all the chairs looked clean.  Two thirds tested positive for potentially harmful bacteria, such as E. coli and MRSA.  Your best bet is to bring along antibacterial wipes to clean the chair.

I also highly recommend you use the antibacterial wipes inside stores to wipe your grocery carts before you use them.

Why do I think it’s so important? A little over 2 years ago, I picked up MRSA somewhere and had never even heard of it.  I found out the hard way it is a nasty, painful, relentless form of staph infection.  I saw 3 different doctors and took 4 different kinds of medicine trying to get rid of it.  I did an amazing amount of research and tried a number of different things and finally, after having recurring MRSA for an entire year, won the war.  I don’t wish it on anyone, especially not a child.

Now what kind of post would this be if I didn’t give you some coupon love? Here are some coupons you can use to pick up some antibacterial wipes.

$.55/1 Sani-Hands Sanitizing Wipes
$.75/1 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes coupon

I have not read the label on Sani-Hands to verify it kills E. coli or MRSA, so if you want to make sure you buy ones that do, read the label!  The Clorox label says it kills staph, but doesn’t specify MRSA.  I actually use kind-of expensive sanitizer on my kids’ hands and to clean my house, but from my own experience, I know it’s a lot cheaper than contracting the bacteria, and it gives me peace of mind.



  • Jolynn

    I am so sorry that you had to have that happen. I didn’t know that MRSA was found on the high chairs. YUCK!! My brother-n-law had it last year and wow it ate up his knee. He took silver after the doctors couldn’t do anymore and now he does not have a trace of MRSA. And it went away a few weeks after taking it. He had had it 3 other times before the knee issue. So go online to THE NEW SILVER SOLUTION. It is amazing!!! Thank you for your great information about the high chairs. I will be thinking twice about sitting my little one in one of those!

    • AJ

      I did use silver! Along with a bunch of other stuff. It is truly a living nightmare. I’m glad he got rid of it. Man, it hurts! I would hate to have one of my kids get it. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • Ami

    Why would it come as any surprise that public high chairs are full of bacteria? At least they have to document when they “clean” the restroom on the little chart but there is probably no regulation on high chair cleaning. GROSS!

    • AJ

      I wasn’t surprised it’s there, just that they found bacteria that dangerous on that many of the high chairs they tested. Gross is right!

  • TJ

    I’m so sorry that you ended up with MRSA! As a nurse, I see a ton of it and it isn’t fun! I just want to point out that MRSA is everywhere and soon to be on everyone, but it doesn’t infect most people! It is very drug resistant and hard to kill once you get, BUT it is so drug resistant because of the antibiotics people take and because of all the disinfectants that we put on everything! I guess I’m against using disinfectants for that very reason. Our bodies do an amazing job at fighting bacteria if we just let it! Good hand washing and keeping cuts clean and dry should prevent most cases! Thanks for sharing your story, and making people aware of the potentially negative effects! I would never wish MRSA on anyone, but let’s stop drug resistant bacteria by reducing how much antibacterial products we use, so when we truly need antibiotics they work!

    • Julie

      I was going to write something similar, too. When I first had kids, I was alarmed by the rising rates of asthma and allergies and other autoimmune problems in children, and I did a lot of research about it. One thing that kept coming up over and over is that kids in, say, Amish or Hutterite communities are not following that pattern at all. Their houses are kept clean, of course, but they interact with a lot of dirt and their parents don’t tend to use commercial antibacterial products and disinfectants. I do carry some hand sanitizer for those times when, for whatever reason, you can’t wash. But otherwise, we don’t use it; we just wash our hands with soap. E. coli is another bacteria, like MRSA, that people are in contact with all the time, and it’s only a specific variety of it that makes people sick, and that variety also has resistances to antibacterial products.

      I don’t think most people realize how many bacteria live on and in our bodies normally and how, by killing those bacteria off with antibacterial products, we actually open the door to dangerous bacteria. MRSA isn’t going to be killed by Lysol or a Clorox wipe, but if your body has a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria, you’re less likely to get an actual infection.

  • Karma

    I have a child that gets sick easily, so something else I’ve found that works good – trial sized bottles of Lysol spray, although they are REALLY hard to find. (If anyone has seen some, please reply to this!) When I’ve been able to find them I keep it in the diaper bag. I still wipe the cart handle, but I give the whole seat -including buckles – a quick spray. When the kids want the fire truck or police carts, I spray it down, give it about 1 minute to dry, and off we go! Thanks for the post! I’m glad you beat it!

  • Sara

    Uhhh…did you know that Lysol and the regular antibacterial wipes don’t kill MRSA? If you use those, you are only killing the other bacteria and making it easier for MRSA to spread. Thought I would say something in case you were confused about it.

    • AJ

      Clorox Bleach doesn’t kill it either. It’s a beast. Lysol Professional spray does, but it has to be the Professional variety. There are also some varieties of Mr. Clean multi-purpose cleaner that do, but not all of those either. You really have to read the labels to find out what will.

  • Sherrie Davis

    My son is 17 and contracted a staph infection last summer at a local wrestling camp. We are dealing with the third flare up and now know about the isues of staph and MRSA. It is not easy to take care of and seems to come back everytime we think that it is gone. Good luck to you!!

    • AJ

      I’ll be happy to email you about how I finally got rid of it if you want. I had it 6 times in 12 months. I was so nervous it would come back but then after the final time months kept passing and now it’s been almost a year and a half with no recurrence, thank heaven. If you’re interested, send an email to fabulesslyfrugal@gmail.com and put in the subject ATTN: AJ. Then just let me know your email address and I’ll send you the info about what worked for me. I would just type it here but it’ll end up being pretty long!

      • Jen

        I’d like to know what worked for you as well. My husband had two surgeries last year because of these infections and I had one myself not long after. Now I seem to have regular flareups of staph infections, but not MRSA thankfully.

        Would you mind also sending me your tips?

  • Sherrie

    Thanks, I sent you an e-mail.

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