Blog posts by UW Health

5-Second Rule

5 Second Rule

5 Second RuleAlmost every kid has dropped some food on the floor and still wanted to eat it. The “5-second rule” says food is OK to eat if you pick it up in 5 seconds or less. But is this “rule” based on facts?

We’re sorry to report it’s not necessarily true. Bacteria can attach itself to food even if it is picked up super-fast. But will the dropped food contain enough bacteria to make you sick? It’s possible — and that’s why it’s not a good idea to eat food that has hit the floor.

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What to Expect During A Child’s Eye Exam

Eye Exams for Children

ss_319141976_eye_exam_girlWhen you think of an “eye exam” what comes to mind? Reading letters on an eye chart? Having lights shined in your eyes? Answering “1 or 2” multiple times?

All of those are things your child may be asked to do, but they represent only a small portion of the testing and information gathering that goes on during an eye examination. Read more

Be prepared with a fire escape plan

A working smoke alarmA fire can spread rapidly through your home leaving you as little as 2 minutes to escape. With so little time to react, it’s critical to plan and practice your home fire escape plan with your family.

Make a fire escape plan

You can find fire escape planning tools at and Download and print out a grid, then draw the floor plan of your home, including windows, stairs, doors and smoke detectors.

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