How Diseases are Being Controlled at Daycare Centers
Sneezing, coughing kids and caregivers in daycares create a germ-filled environment. However, some childcare
facilities seem to have healthier kids than others. Ever wonder what they are doing right to keep the caregivers and kids healthy? Read on to find out.
Cleans hands are king when it comes to creating a healthy daycare that has low incidences of colds and flu. Frequent, monitored hand washing with soap and hot water stops germs in their tracks. Unfortunately, a lot of daycares rely on hand sanitizer from a pump. This will do in a pinch, but soap and hot water are better.
Since kids are great at quickly wetting their hands and then walking away, it needs to be monitored. Someone standing at the sink making sure soap is used and hands are washed for an appropriate amount of time goes a long way in creating a healthy environment. Of course, the hand washing is important for the caregivers, too. They are the ones moving from child to child, and they have the power to slow if not stop the spread of disease.
Regular disinfecting of toys and surfaces is also extremely important. Kids are notorious for wiping their noses with their fingers or putting their hands in their mouths. Then they touch the tables and toys, which becomes a holding area for their germs until the next child comes to sit at that table or play with that toy. Kids also tend to stick things in their mouths, which rapidly spreads germs. A daycare that regularly disinfects tables and toys is going to be a significantly healthier environment than a daycare that does not practice regular cleansing of toys and surfaces.
Well-child and well-worker policies are helpful as well. If only healthy people are at the daycare, the incidence of disease is going to be significantly lower. Kids with thick, green mucous need to stay at home. If the child has had a fever, vomited, or had diarrhea, they need to stay out of daycare until they have been healthy for 24 hours. These practices apply to the adults as well. Sick adults are going to infect children also, so it is best if they stay at home until they have a clean bill of health.
Finally, how sneezes and coughs are handled can prevent the spread of germs. Sneezing should be done into a tissue, and hands should be washed afterwards. When coughing, it should be done into the elbow or shoulder and not the hands. Keeping the hands clean and away from the sneezes and coughs will result in a healthier daycare.
Naturally, these practices are tough to teach to the little kids, but adults modeling this behavior will eventually rub off. If you have a child in daycare, inquire about how they keep the daycare healthy
. If you notice one of these practices not in place, it should be a red flag to you. You may be setting yourself up for a lot of sick days in the future.
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