Wouldn’t you know it, I get a stomach virus followed immediately by a whopper of a cold. As I have written before, I am the backup provider and I am really not around the kids too much but I do have contact with them on a daily basis. Daycares are notorious for the spread of germs and other nasty little critters. What happened to me? I got a flu shot, I wash my hands, what gives?

Childcare Classroom Sickness

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I am fairly confident that this came from the kids because you can see one of them get it, then another and it works its way through both the daycare kids and the parents. Is there anything that can be done to prevent it?

The answer is really no. You can take all the precautions in the world and it can still spread. Does this mean that I should just forget about killing germs and hope for the best? Also no.

You always need to remain vigilant in cleanliness and sterilization. Who knows how many illnesses you are really preventing by keep things clean. Here are a few tips for cleanliness:

1. Keep a bottle of diluted bleach in a spray bottle to clean up those messes that you know are crawling with germs. Here is how to make the spray (CLICK HERE)

2. Make sure that the kids wash their hands often and that you wash your hands often. (especially after diapering orĀ  wiping a runny nose)

3. Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer handy for when you are out and about. (make sure you have the parents permission to use a hand sanitizer)

4. Toys that have been mouthed should be run through the dishwasher after being played with.

Here (above) are a few more tips on how to reduce Childcare Classroom Sickness from Dr. Mercola of Mercola.com

I don’t know why it seems like we all get sick when the weather turns cold. Maybe its because we are all cooped up inside. Whatever the cause, now is the time to take a little extra diligence on cleanliness.


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