Preventing the Spread of Germs During Toileting

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Learning to use the toilet is an exciting process for young children. Child care providers can make toilet learning smoother and prevent the spread of germs from one child to another by remembering these basic toilet learning “dos.”

  • Consider a potty attachment instead of a potty chair. A potty attachment has a smaller seat that snaps on to the regular toilet. Attachments are more sanitary than potty chairs. Remove urine deflectors because they can cut the child.
  • Clean and disinfect

Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting in Child Care

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Keeping the child care environment clean is one of the best ways to help ensure that children stay healthy. Dirty toys, bedding, linens, eating utensils, and surfaces can carry and spread germs. Regular disinfecting should be a part of the routine in a child care setting.

Getting things clean and reducing the spread of germs requires two different steps:

  1. Washing the item, using soap and water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.
  2. Disinfecting the item. Cleaning removes dirt but

Cautions about Using Commercial Disinfectants in Child Care Settings

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Products that meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) standards for “hospital grade” germicides (solutions that kill germs) often are promoted for use in child care. However, many of these products are dangerous and potentially even toxic to children. Here are some tips for deciding whether to use a commercial disinfectant in your child care program.

Read Product Labels Carefully

Be cautious about commercial or industrial products that advertise themselves as “disinfectants,” having “germicidal action,” or “kill germs.”

Often these products …