Protecting Your Child from Getting Sick in Child Care

This time of year it’s hard to go anywhere without hearing people coughing and sniffling. Child care is no different. Here are a few tips to help your child stay healthy through the holiday season.

Proper Hygiene

It’s never too early to start teaching kids about proper hygiene. Parents should lead by example to teach their kids how and when to wash their hands. Teaching children to wash hands with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds can be fun. Many children learn how long to wash their hands by singing “Happy Birthday” while they soap up. For more ways to make hand-washing fun, click here.

Another tip that falls under hygiene is teaching children not to touch their face, especially during flu season. It’s important to teach children to touch their face with a tissue instead of their hands if they have itchy eyes or a runny nose. Teaching kids about germs should be fun so they retain the information. Click here for fun ways to teach children about germs.

Disinfect Your Home

If your home is not properly disinfected, germs can linger. Even if no one in your family is showing signs of illness, children may bring germs home and spread them to the rest of the family. Ways to disinfect your home include regularly changing bedding, cleaning and changing toothbrushes and disinfecting counters in kitchens and bathrooms. Here are some tips on cleaning the home after an illness.

Flu Shots

The best way to prevent children from getting the flu is to vaccinate them each year. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyone six months of age or older get a seasonal flu vaccine. There are special vaccination instructions for children six months through eight years of age. Click here for more information about the flu shot.