Animals such as cows, goats, sheep, horses, rabbits, pigs, and poultry in petting zoos and on open farms can spread infections to people. Young children are particularly susceptible to these infections.
To protect you and your young children when visiting a petting zoo, wash your hands and your children’s hands at these times:
- After touching or feeding an animal;
- After touching an animal’s cage;
- After falling or touching the ground;
- Right after leaving the animal areas;
- Before eating or drinking; and
- After cleaning and/or removing boots or shoes.
Also, when you and your children are in the animal areas,
- Don’t eat, drink, or chew gum;
- Don’t let children lick or suck their fingers or bite their nails;
- Do not let children touch their faces or mouths;
- Do not give babies bottles, pacifiers, or soothers;
- Do not let children kiss or hug the animals.
Pediatrician DR.PAUL Roumeliotis is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The information provided above is designed to be an educational aid only. It is not intended to replace the advice and care of your child’s physician, nor is it intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. If you suspect that your child has a medical condition always consult a physician.