Washing your hands and the children’s hands, or encouraging them to wash their hands, is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of disease. Child care providers should be washing their hands many times throughout the day.
When Child Care Providers Should Wash Their Hands
Some of the key times to wash your hands include:
- upon arrival at the child care program
- before preparing, serving, or eating food
- before and after giving medication
- after eating
- after using the
Preventing the spread of germs is a challenge in child care programs. A solution of household bleach and water is an inexpensive and easy way to disinfect surfaces and sanitize objects in child care programs. But child care providers need to be careful to use bleach correctly to ensure that children are safe and surfaces are properly disinfected or sanitized.
New Bleach Concentrations Mean New Use Recommendations
In early 2013, manufacturers of household bleach changed the concentration of bleach sold …
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 …