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Old 09-03-2012, 02:58 PM
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Since we are considering adding a bearded dragon and are also thinking about having offspring in the next couple of years (human, not reptile), I've been reading about the risks of having reptiles in the house with pregnant women/infants and small children via salmonella.

I'm pretty sure there are members on here who have had reptiles and kids/been pregnant at the same time. How did you manage it?
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:02 PM
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I got salmonella as a kid from my moms across the hall classrooms turtle and or iguana.

That's all I have to add, I survived. lol
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:46 PM
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On my reptile forum, lots of people say the risk is so low/non existent. As long as you wash your hands after handling, there's no worry.
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On my reptile forum, lots of people say the risk is so low/non existent. As long as you wash your hands after handling, there's no worry.
Convincing a kid to wash religiously and properly is hard, give them one chance alone and a finger can go in the eye, mouth, nose, etc.

I am not against it though, like I said I survived just fine, but it's something to be aware of. This was 20+ years ago but when I was sick no one could guess what it was until my mom read a Dear Abby editorial in the paper and it clicked.

I was still allowed to play with the scaley animals after all but mom was much more careful after that realization.
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One of my favorite relevant stories from a co-worker:

Her nephew got a turtle for his birthday, and his parents made sure to really REALLY drive home the importance of washing his hands EVERY TIME he held the turtle, and he was very good about it.

Couple months down the road the little boy gets sick with salmonella. His parents figured that he had probably forgot to wash his hands at some point and talked to him again about the importance of washing hands after playing with the turtle.

Her nephew got upset because he was so SO good about washing his hands, and he explained to them "I pick the turtle up, I give it a kiss, I put it away, and then I WASH MY HANDS!"

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ROFLMAO Awesome, just awesome.
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"I pick the turtle up, I give it a kiss, I put it away, and then I WASH MY HANDS!"


I'd be more worried about small children...I mean you're probably still going to handle raw meat, pet food, etc. while pregnant, right? Just treat the reptile with the same caution you would a raw chicken...don't let them run across your dishes/kitchen table (or really clean well if for some reason you just have to let your beardie play in the salad bowl), wash your hand thoroughly after handling him or his stuff, etc.

And considering he lives in his own enclosure you should be able to decide exactly how often the child gets to interact with the reptile, at least up to a certain age.
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I don't have reptiles, but I would without concern. I'd use the same precautions I would anyway...handwashing, etc. I'm a fairly obsessive handwasher as it is.
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One nice thing is that it would be kept in the sun room where the birds are, and that is a room that can be completely shut off from a child if necessary. I am also considering getting a habitat that can be locked. We are already going to teach the kid from day one NOT to put their fingers in the bird cages, because I have no doubt that Pickles and Kiwi would happily bite them, and Yoda may or may not depending on his state of grumpiness.

I read some stats that said 74000 people a year yet reptile related salmonella, but then 4.5 million people a year are biten by dogs, and I have 2 of those and will always have dogs.
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