Protecting Your Child From Infections
Disease-causing germs spread anytime large numbers of people are together or when they share items. Germs spread more easily during the colder months, because people spend a lot of time indoors around one another. Close and frequent contact with others makes it easier for germs to spread.
Practice the following basic hygiene and preventive measures to help prevent illness.
Basic hygiene at home, day care, or school
It's impossible to protect your child from all contagious illnesses. But you can teach healthy habits to help reduce your child's risk of infections. Teach your child:
Children younger than age 2 need a caregiver's help to prevent the spread of germs. Wash your child's hands frequently, and disinfect shared toys. If your child attends day care, closely review the policies regarding sick children and hygiene issues.
If your child becomes ill, keep him or her out of day care and away from other children until the contagious period has passed. If you are unsure about how long this should be, contact your doctor.
Basic hygiene in other public areas
When in a public area, such as an airport or restaurant, be aware of the risk of exposure to germs that can make you and your child ill.
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