Posts for tag: Germs
Germ Prevention Strategies
- 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.
- 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.
Kids 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.
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.
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.