So Many Colds

Q: “There are so many colds going around my daughter’s childcare setting this winter. We’re all catching them! What can I do to protect her—and us?”

A: While high-quality childcare has many benefits, constant exposure to community viruses isn’t one of them.

You can reduce your daughter’s exposure by checking to be sure that 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
  • Discourages sick children from attending
  • Disinfects toys and objects daily

Keep your daughter home from childcare when she catches a bug to avoid spreading it to other children. Make sure that she (and the rest of your family over the age of 6 months) gets an annual flu shot.

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