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Parents Cash in on Swine Flu

hands-off-signTrue, keeping other people’s germs off of your babies can lead to awkward moments/involuntary body-checks. For some reason, people feel entitled to wiping their dirty fingers all over the insides of babies’ hands — and sometimes in their mouths — all in the name of a little coochie-coo.

Even if it’s cold and flu season. Even if they’re related.

And when it’s grandma, or the nice old man down the street? How do you …? What do you … ? What’s a parent to do?

A nice but  not terribly assertive Florida couple, parents of premature triplets, came up with a less confrontational way to get people to keep their mitts off the babes: signs.

Now they’re mass producing them and, in this world of swine flu scares, business is booming.

The $9 rubber signs, which come in pink and blue (of course) and are the octagonal shape of a stop sign, say “wash hands before touching baby” on one side and handsoffbaby.com on the other — accompanied  by universally understood graphics.

The couple is also selling T-shirts, bibs and onesies expressing the “hands-off” sentiment. They say 21 hospitals have placed orders with them. News of swine flu has helped business to boom.

Me? I’ll stick with the body-checking and uncomfortable laughter — saves money AND lives.

How do you keep people from germing up your little ones?

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Photo: Baynews9.com

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