Preventing Infections in Day Care Children

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Day care centers are typically thought of as a breeding ground for germs and infections. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses some steps you can take to help prevent your child from getting infections in day care.

Dr. Hill:

Millions of children in the United States go to child care centers each day. Children are exposed to numerous illnesses as they mix and mingle, trading bugs and bringing them home.

Childrens immune systems are not fully developed. Most have poor hand-washing habits, contributing to the risk of spreading infection.

Vaccines against meningitis, chickenpox, the flu and other disorders have had an effect on the health of children who attend day care.

Your child can still catch a cold, flu or other infection. You can minimize the risk of illness by putting some time into choosing a child care facility.

Make sure that all people at the day care center have been properly immunized and that theres a notification process when children are ill.

Make sure the day care has proper hand-washing arrangements, with plenty of sinks and soap, and

Make sure children arent kept in the same room all the time.

These steps can help prevent your child from getting ill, and from bringing

germs home.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.