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By 7 Days Pediatrics
September 13, 2017
Category: Pediatric Health

Germ Prevention Strategies

Did you know that your child's immune system is less mature than yours, which makes them more susceptible to diseases? Germs and sickness are always around us, and there are many steps youGerm Prevention can take as a parent to decrease the chance of your child contracting the disease. One of the most important steps to decrease the risk of disease is by simply washing your hands and your child’s hands with warm water and soap. Frequent hand washing can lower the risk of spreading the infection to others. Your pediatrician also offers other strategies to help prevent germs from spreading, including the following:
 
  • Encourage your child to cough or sneeze into a tissue or onto his/her sleeve.
  • Discourage your child from covering his/her mouth with hands while coughing.
  • Throw away tissues immediately after each use by throwing them in a wastebasket.
  • If your child is old enough, teach him/her how to blow their nose into a tissue.
  • Do not allow your child to share pacifiers, drinking cups, eating utensils, towels, or toothbrushes if he/she is sick, or with others who are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Have your child stay at home if he/she is sick to prevent others from catching the illness.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
 
Housecleaning is important when your child is sick. Every surface your child has touched has germs on it. If you spend a few minutes killing those germs with a disinfectant, it can be very beneficial in keeping you and your child healthy. Food can also be full of germs that can be harmful. Uncooked beef and chicken contain infectious bacteria, which should be cleaned immediately after it touches a surface.
 
The food you give to your child can also become contaminated with germs and bacteria that can cause stomach pain, vomiting and worse. Limit these problems by:
 
  • Ensuring your hands are washed and the kitchen surfaces are cleaned before and after preparing meals.
  • Cleaning your cutting board or kitchen surface after preparing raw meats.
  • Cooking ground meat all the way through.
  • Washing raw vegetables and fruit before eating.
  • Avoiding raw or undercooked eggs.
  • Cooking frozen foods right after it has been defrosted.
  • Storing leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer right away to prevent germ growth.
 
There are germs all around us, and sometimes it is hard to dodge them. If your child is sick, achy, or has a fever and needs relief, call your pediatrician today for expert care and diagnosis.
By 7 Days Pediatrics
September 12, 2017
Category: Pediatric Care
Tags: Germs   Prevention  

Germ PreventionKids pick up germs all day, every day.  Whether they are sharing toys, playing at day care or sitting in the classroom, whenever children are together, they are at risk for spreading infectious diseases.

Parents should play an active role in helping their kids stay healthy by taking extra precaution to minimize germs. Here are a few tips on how.

Tidy Up

Spending just a few extra minutes each day tidying up your household can go a long way to keep your home germ-free and your kids healthy. Disinfect kitchen countertops after cooking a meal, and wipe down bathroom surfaces as well—especially if your child has been ill with vomiting or diarrhea. Doorknobs, handrails and many plastic toys should also be sanitized on a routine basis. Simply by disinfecting your home more regularly, and even more so when someone in your household has been ill, you can significantly cut down on re-infection.

Set a Good Example

Parents should set good examples for their children by practicing good hand washing and hygiene at home. Encourage your kids to cough or sneeze into a tissue rather than their hands. Children should also be taught not to share drinking cups, eating utensils or toothbrushes. If your school-aged child does become ill, it’s best to keep him home to minimize spreading the illness to other children in the classroom.

Hand Washing

Finally, one of the easiest (and most effective) ways to prevent the spread of infection is by hand washing.  At an early age, encourage your child to wash his or her hands throughout the day, especially:

  • After using the bathroom
  • Before eating
  • After playing outdoors
  • After touching pets
  • After sneezing or coughing
  • If another member of the household is sick

The Centers for Disease control recommends washing hands for at least 10 to 15 seconds to effectively remove germs.

Parents can’t keep their kids germ-free entirely, but you can take extra precautions to help keep your environment clean. It’s also important to help your child understand the importance of good hygiene and thorough hand washing as a vital way to kill germs and prevent illnesses.