The possibility of spreading infections is more whenever children (especially toddlers and infants) are together. Kids are likely to use their hands to wipe their noses and eyes and then with the same hand touch toys and other children. This causes spread of illness and infections. At some instances, preventing infectious diseases in child care is severely challenging for the day care facility due to space constraints or staff limitations.

In the below article we share some tips for illness prevention in child care.

Infection Control Procedures to be Followed in Child Care

  • Children should be taught to use soap and warm running water for 20 seconds

  • Teachers should explain the importance of hand washing after using the toilet and before and after eating. Caregivers can help children develop good hygiene behaviors through day-to-day experiences by frequently conversing hygiene rules with them, demonstrating it every day and encouraging them to follow it regularly

    Preventing Illness in Child Care
    Preventing Illness in Child Care
  • Wash hands frequently, especially after handling diapers, before preparing food or feeding, and before eating

  • Staff should clean and sanitize toys, surfaces and objects daily and when soiled

  • It is important to clean the diapering area and potty chairs after each use

  • Bathrooms, toilets, sinks, and toys must be cleaned at least daily and when dirty

  • The staff must ensure the sinks in every room is clean, and there are separate sinks for preparing food and hands

Apart from the above infection control steps in child care, the facility should follow strict illness exclusion policies.

  • Children suffering from diarrhoea, vomiting, or fever need to stay home until recovered

  • There should be separate/additional exclusion policy for staff or children diagnosed with certain diarrhoeal illnesses.

Before enrolling their children to a child care center, parents must ensure the facility is following certain criteria that promote good hygiene.

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