Working in a program that cares for children exposes both children and adults to germs that cause illnesses. Here are three simple ways that we can reduce sickness in our programs:
Every day, open windows and get new air into your home. This will remove some of the germs that can stay in the air.
Cleaning frequently used surfaces and toys
Careful and routine cleaning of frequently used surfaces and toys also reduces the spread of germs. It is important that we use a mixture of bleach and water to make sure that we disinfect tables, counters, furniture and floors. Equip your program with spray bottles that contain a solution (one part bleach to ten parts water) to make sure that you clean the surfaces and toys well. This method can keep things free of germs and infection.
The best way to try to stop the spread of infectious diseases is by handwashing. When children and adults wash their hands often, they reduce the risk of infecting themselves and others with the germs that they are carrying on their hands.
There are 4 simple steps to washing hands for adults and children to follow:
When should children wash their hands?
When should adults wash their hands?