(HealthDay News) -- Kids love to have fun in the sand, but parents should take steps to make sure that sandboxes aren't dirty or contaminated and potentially harmful to kids.
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The American Academy of Pediatrics offers this advice for keeping sandboxes safe:
- Always keep the sandbox covered when not in use to repel insects and animals.
- If the sand is wet, allow it to thoroughly dry before covering to prevent the growth of bacteria.
- Frequently rake the sandbox to get rid of debris.
- Don't let pets play in the sandbox. They may confuse it with a litter box.
-- Diana Kohnle
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