Illnesses like colds and the flu can spread easily among children in a day care center. While sharing is a good way for kids to learn social skills, it’s not always the best way to stay healthy. While there’s no foolproof way to avoid germs there are ways to help your child avoid an illness.
Colds and the flu are spread by “germs,” a nonmedical term for any organism that causes an infection. Coughing and sneezing can spread germs through the air, where others can inhale them. Those germs can also land on toys or other objects that children touch. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 80 percent of infectious diseases are spread by touch.