Ridiculous: Australia bans candles on birthday cakes at childcare centers

If you’re a kid living down under, birthday may have just gotten less fun. The National Health and Medical Research council just set new guidelines for child care centers that include a ban on candles on birthday cakes. 

from Goldcoast:

KIDS will be banned from blowing out candles on communal birthday cakes under strict new hygiene rules for childcare centres.

But doctors warn the latest National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines go too far in “bubble-wrapping” children.

The NHMRC is urging childcare centres to stand up to parents who insist on sending a sick child to daycare, even if they have a medical certificate.

And daycare staff will now have to wash toys, doorknobs, floors and cushion covers every day.

The new guidelines state that kids who want to blow out a candle on their birthday should bring their very own cupcake to avoid blowing germs over a shared cake.

The NHMRC also says children who play in the sandpit must wash their hands with alcohol sanitiser before and afterwards.

But the Australian Medical Association warned the clean-freak regulations place “kids in a bubble”.

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Got a wish to make, kid?  Too bad.  No candles for you.  

The United States nanny state just banned sodas and candy at schools.  We’re really not that far away from this kind of nonsense. 

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