Australian Kids Face Birthday Candle Ban to Prevent Spreading Germs

The new hygiene regulations have been slammed by the Australian Medical Association as “bubble-wrapping.”

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Children in Australia are to be banned from blowing out candles on shared birthday cakes.

Australian children are to be banned from blowing out candles on birthday cakes under new hygiene regulations that have been slammed by the Australian Medical Association as “bubble-wrapping.”

According to Australia’s Daily Telegraph, the guidelines, set by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), instruct daycare centers to provide birthday boys and girls with their own individual cupcakes to blow the candles out, to avoid the spread of germs.

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“Children love to blow out their candles while their friends are singing ‘Happy birthday,’” the document states. “To prevent the spread of germs when the child blows out the candles, parents should either provide a separate cupcake, with a candle if they wish, for the birthday child and enough cupcakes for all the other children.”

Daycare staff should also be required to clean toys, doorknobs, floors and cushion covers with germ-killing disinfectant on a daily basis, while youngsters must wash their hands with alcohol-based sanitizer before and after playing in sandpits, says the NHMRC.

But Australian doctors say the guidelines go too far, noting how exposure to bacteria is essential for the development of a healthy immune system.

“If somebody sneezes on a cake, I probably don’t want to eat it either — but if you’re blowing out candles, how many organisms are transferred to a communal cake, for goodness’ sake?” AMA president Steve Hambleton told News Ltd.

“It’s normal and healthy to be exposed to a certain amount of environmental antigens that build up our immune systems. If you live in a plastic bubble you’re going to get infections [later on] that you can’t handle.”

The NHMRC also urged parents to allow their children to stay at home if feeling unwell in order to avoid unnecessarily spreading infections to their school classmates. Schools should ignore doctors’ letters that state a pupil is healthy if teachers suspect otherwise, said the council.

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34 comments
wwduer
wwduer

GERM BUSTER BLOW TUBE IS A NEW PRODUCT GETTING READY TO LAUNCH . LOOK UP ON YOU TUBE OR GOOGLE. 

breindrein
breindrein

Reminds me of the spanish landing in the Americas and disease killing craploads there. Thats what they get for living in quarantine conditions. Getting exposed to germs build up your immunity (if it doesnt kill you). I can see a lot of sickly next generation Australians. It would just make it easier for us South Africans to maul them in rugby, hahaaa.

eetom
eetom

Why can't someone design a virtual birthday cake on the computer screen for the birthday angel to blow with virtual breath?  Virtual germs can't harm any child can they?

mlane78212
mlane78212

How sad. Let's take away alll the little joys that create wonderful childhood memories. Poor kids don't have much to look forward to so we are busy removing the happy things to look back on as well.

In addition, I would say the plastic (BPA) toys in daycare centers (and at home) and the heavy chemicals put on them daily to "clean" them are far more dangerous than a common cold...

SleepyBoyBlue
SleepyBoyBlue

The girl in the picture is now spending 3-5 years in a maximum security juvenile center.  


medalsguy
medalsguy

Australians seem to like bans.

lelliottaeten
lelliottaeten

The Individual Cupcake rule has been standard here in the US for decades for schools and daycare. I don't see what the big deal is.

NaveedXVO
NaveedXVO

First they ban internet porn and now this!!! It's a slippery slope!!! 

CorinaMihaelaPuică
CorinaMihaelaPuică

Where is that rule : child will be sealed in a rubber bag with tubes attached in seconds after it's born ? You don't have it yet ? That 's why you have germs ! Here in Europe we live in a individual rubber bubble , each with tubes to go in and out. I can't imagine my life without my bubble !

JosephLCooke
JosephLCooke

Perhaps a civil war against the left would fix things in Australia as well.

chewie402
chewie402

Give it two years and this rule will come here....probably start in either San Francisco or Seattle.

ShawnLa
ShawnLa

Stupid. Disinfecting everything is what causes kids to develop allergies and be sickly all the time. We develop our immunities at a young age from exposure.

ferittuzer
ferittuzer

i think it makes sense, tho i hate cupcakes. i was surprised that a doctor is saying it won't, but if somebody blows his/her germs on a cake, it will make you sick, it doesn't matter how much of it you eat, right?

roundman
roundman

Please people, do not cover the Australian people with a blanket of stupidity. This ridiculous suggestion came from a Bureaucratic Coven of misfit medicos and Tree hugging calico clad nitwits. The suggestion was quickly stomped on, by clear thinking politicians and hot headed parents.

nancy745cat
nancy745cat

Someone with too much time on their hands decided this.

lovescardboard
lovescardboard

They should ban coughing and sneezing, also. And maybe heaving breathing.

moopoo
moopoo

Well, well.... what happened to building a natural immune system....... I have lived in the poorest state in India for 3 years (Bihar).... The kids are tough..... Don't worry about candles...... Pfft..... It's a very natural thing to catch germs, from other kids...... We have done it for thousands of years..... It's nature.... It's natural, let it happen...

I hate Australia for following America, in this kind of crap

kitegirlcoach
kitegirlcoach

So ridiculous. Their policy books are already bigger than the bible. When will they learn that excessive sanitising makes for a lower immunity?

pure_massacre123
pure_massacre123

I though Australian's were meant to be tough. Not a literal nanny state

linda87
linda87

Its not the kids who are spreading germs, its the child care assistants who get their qualifications from weet-bix pkts, that dont know the first thing about hygiene or how germs are spread. !!

Interitus
Interitus

@ferittuzer The point is, especially at a young age you need to be exposed to germs. Yes you may get sick, but it helps build your immune system. If you are brought up in a sterile environment, and never get sick, when you finally do get sick your immune system will be much weaker than someone who grew up as a normal kid getting dirty, getting sick and just having fun.

nellysaphire
nellysaphire

@kitegirlcoach 

I agree kit, I've never heard such BS, in all my life!. as if ppl are gonna adhere to that rule, it's just stupid. The next thing we know they'll be banning ppl for going to the toilet excessively  LOL. These laws, are just made up to have greater control over ppl, and I'm sure the "law makers" only do it to get a kick out it, watching us squirm.. Just ignore it, it's absolutely ridiculous..

ferittuzer
ferittuzer

@Interitus @ferittuzer i know that, i wasn't brought up in sterile environment either and i think people overdo hygene here in the US, but eating something another kid sneezes on is not required to grow your immunity. there's germs everywhere, where kids touch etc, this isn't making things "too clean".