The 6 Dirtiest Places Kids Go Every Day

It's beginning to look a lot like germ season. Kids head back to school, the weather turns, cold season hits, and ... boom! ... germs galore. For moms especially, germs play a starring role in our lives. We nag our kids to wash their hands. We keep hand sanitizer at home, in our handbags ... even on our key chains. We wipe everything down even when we're exhausted because we are all about preventing illness. 

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"It's not unusual for kids to get eight colds a year," says Josephine Dlugopolski-Gach, MD, FAAP, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Loyola University. "I have to remind moms that this is a completely normal immune system response. To fight germs, wash your hands and your kids' hands frequently. Cover coughs or sneezes, preferably with a tissue that should be thrown away immediately, or with your elbow if none are available. And stay home if your kids are sick."

Besides knowing how to deal with germs, we have to know where they lurk (a mom's job is never-ending). We've compiled a list of six of the Dirtiest Places in Kids' Lives ... and some germ hideouts may surprise you. 

Have you ever considered the germ possibilities of #4?

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