Did you know that on average, children catch between six and 10 colds per year? The combination of having a developing immune system and being in close quarters with other children all day puts kids at risk for getting sick much more than adults. And no one wants to see their kids get sick. That’s why developing an infection defense strategy is absolutely essential for daycares and classrooms everywhere.
Child Care Infection Prevention Strategies
There are many ways you, as a parent or educator, can help prevent your children from getting sick, even during illness outbreaks. Here are just a few:
Teaching your children from a young age to wash their hands before eating is important, but that isn’t enough to curtail infections entirely. The most common way anyone gets sick is through cross contamination. This means touching a surface that has virus or bacteria on it already, then touching the face in such a way that you transfer the virus into your body. Meticulous hygiene plays a big role in preventing sickness, but it certainly isn’t fail-proof.
- Stay Away From Sick People
This is good advice in general but doesn’t really work, especially for kids. Sure, it helps to teach your children not to share food or drinks with others, but when you think about the number of germs on their daycare’s table, you quickly realize that getting sick might just be inevitable. Hygiene and avoiding the source of the illness are great life advice, but they only go so far.
- Antimicrobial Treatment
One increasingly popular option for daycare centers involves a specialized disinfection service that can last up to 12 months. Where hygiene and safe sickness practices leave off, antimicrobial treatment services pick up. Having surfaces throughout your kid’s daycare that are clean and germ-free can make all the difference in the world.
Taking your child’s health seriously is one of the many things that makes a good parent great. Talk you your child’s daycare service the next time you’re there for a pick-up and mention long-term antimicrobial treatment. Explain how this service can provide safer, microbe-resistant surfaces for an entire year. Being a parent is hard. Knowing that your child will be safer than ever from dangerous diseases might make it a bit easier. If you’d like to learn more about infection defense, contact us at any time.