Germs and Your Childcare Center
Do you find yourself wondering how you can protect your child from the endless array of germs and viruses he’s exposed to at a childcare center?
Unfortunately, getting sick is part of your child’s “job description” as a child. We all enter this world with a blank slate for our immune protection. As children are exposed to new germs, they prime their immunity by battling the series of germs, viruses, and other organisms — which is why many pediatricians consider six to eight colds, bouts of flu, or ear infections per year normal.
Being a parent, you may wonder if your child is able to catch the same virus twice? Within a few days one gets a cold, your immune system begins producing specific antibodies that prevent the virus from infecting more cells. Once the body recovers, you’ll be immune to that specific virus. However, many viruses can cause a common cold, and you could still get infected from a different strain.
There is ways you can help your child boost his/her immune system:
1.) Breast-feed your baby. Breast milk contains turbo-charged immunity-enhancing antibodies and white blood cells.
2.) Hand-washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs. Wash your hands and your child’s hands frequently, even your baby’s hands. Toys and surfaces should be sanitized often. You should pay particular attention to their hygiene before and after each meal and after playing outside, handling pets, blowing their nose, using the bathroom, and arriving home from day care/school. When you’re out, carry disposable wipes with you for quick cleanups
When one gets sick, replace their toothbrush. Those germs can toothbrush hop and quickly make it through the entire family.
3.) If you feel your child needs to be seen by his pediatrician, don’t pressure the doctor to write a prescription for an antibiotic. Most childhood illnesses are viruses and antibiotics are ONLY for illnesses caused by bacteria. Strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria have flourished as a result of overuse of antibiotics. A simple ear infection is more difficult to cure if stubborn bacteria that don’t respond to standard treatment cause it. Whenever your child’s pediatrician wants to prescribe an antibiotic, make sure she isn’t prescribing it solely because she thinks you want it. By knocking out an illness on one’s own with their own immunity, their defenses become stronger and more able to fight future germs they are exposed to.
4.) Teach your children to sneeze in the crease of the arm or shoulder to catch the sneeze from spreading. We discourage the children from covering their cough with their hands to decrease the chances of germs spreading to whatever surface the children touch. Kleenex tissues should be used to wipe and or blow their nose as well instead of allowing the mucous to touch their hand and/or another surface. After each tissue use, the child needs to wash their hands with soap and water. Paper towels are best for drying hands as cloth towels allow for germs to get trapped in the material as the towel attempts to dry.
At Rosewood Academy, our staff uses good hand-washing techniques, we sanitize the toys and surfaces often throughout the day, expose the children to outdoor air (weather permitting), serve the children well-balanced meals enhanced with vitamins and minerals needed for healthy defenses, encourage the children to cough into the crease of their arms or inside their shirt and not on their hands and maintain a strong Illness Policy with all children enrolled as well as our staff. We take your child’s health seriously at Rosewood Academy!
All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.