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Friday, November 11, 2016

Grandparents' health being put at risk as almost half get ill from babysitting

The perils of grandparents babysitting have been revealed in a survey, which found nearly half of them caught a cold from a sick grandchild.

There are now 10 million grandmothers and grandfathers providing regular childcare for their families each week, more than ever before, but this is leading to a potential health crisis - with their immune systems vulnerable to colds.

And with colds leading to more serious illnesses, like chest infections or pneumonia, a fifth of grandparents say it is their biggest concern when it comes to babysitting (21 per cent).

In an attempt to escape falling ill themselves, 16 per cent admit they avoid their grandchildren when they are sick.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I avoid all children and do not eat anything at parties where children are. Those little germ factories touch all the food/chips/silverware with out ever washing their hands. Have not had a cold or the flu in 8 years.