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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.

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