Sydney -

Australian doctors said on Wednesday that the state had gone too far in banning the tradition of blowing out candles on a birthday cake.

New rules for child care centres advise that children each get a cupcake with a candle but that the actual birthday cake be quarantined to “prevent the spread of germs when the child blows out the candles.”

The Australian Medical Associations said the new National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines went against its advice that exposure to environmental antigens helped build children's immune systems. - Sapa-dpa