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Sandpits provide many hours of fun for children and allow for lots of different types of play, but unclean sandpits can cause infections in children. With a small amount of care they can be kept clean and safe for children to play in.
- Sandpits can become unclean when animals, particularly cats, and children use them as toilets.
- Toxoplasmosis can be spread from cats to humans through dirty sandpits.
- Toxoplasmosis can harm an unborn child, but is usually a mild illness in children and adults. It causes a rash, swollen glands, fever and feeling unwell.
- For more information have a look at the information on the Department of Health South Australia website 'Toxoplasma infection'.
- Insects can live in damp sand and may bite or sting children.
KidsafeSA has an information sheet about sandpit construction and safety
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
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