Experts Answer "What If" Questions

What if my child drinks bath water?

He might feel queasy or get diarrhea if the water's soapy, but he won't have a problem with germs unless he bathes with someone else, says Philip Tierno, Ph.D., director of clinical microbiology at New York University Medical Center, in New York City, and author of The Secret Life of Germs. So wash kids one at a time, and don't let them drink the water.

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