While you were probably hoping your toddler’s childcare facility would teach her about sharing, it’s a safe bet you were thinking more about sharing toys than germs.
The spread of germs can’t be fully prevented, but there are ways to reduce your toddler’s exposure:
- Make sure the facility requires frequent hand washing by children and staff (with running water and soap or hand-sanitizer solution), especially before mealtimes and after diapering
- Making sure sick children are discouraged from attending, and that toys and other objects are disinfected daily.
- Keeping your child home from childcare when she catches a bug to avoid spreading it to other children.
- Making sure that your child (and the rest of your family over the age of 6 months) gets an annual flu shot.
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