Illness Prevention Tips
For Child Care Providers
Illness prevention tips that will
help you to stay working and feeling good while you are working!
You can get the flu when tiny amounts of mucus
are transmitted from someone who talks, coughs or sneezes on you, and they have
it or have been exposed to it. This is something that will SURELY occur in your
child care home- especially when you are holding a child and they do it
directly on you! Flu comes on suddenly, lasts longer than colds and
is more serious.
season (and it has been a TOUGH one this year) in the United States generally
runs from November to April. Here are
illness prevention tips to combat the spread of flu and help you not get it!
I have also covered Child Health System to help with prevention methods.
- Wash your hands and have the children you care for wash
theirs, too- Several times a day! Wash them with soap and warm water,
especially before eating and after using the restroom.
- Cover your cough.
Teach the kids to do the same.* Cough into your sleeve or elbow. Better
yet, do so into a tissue if you have one available, and then throw the
tissue away. (And then go wash your hands/their hands). *I suggest reading “Germs Are Not For
Sharing” by Elizabeth Verdick to the kids during your story time. You
may have to do so SEVERAL times.
- Take some time off!
If you get sick, help yourself to get well by taking off around four days,
or until your fever has been gone for 24 hours without the aid of
fever-reducing medication. Make sure parents follow this policy with their
children , or everyone in your daycare home will get it!
- Get vaccinated.
Vaccination is the best illness prevention tip I have for you where the
flu is concerned! Urge your parents to have their children get flu shots,
too. To find a flu vaccination clinic near you, contact your local or
state health department.
a healthy diet packed with antioxidants that
can flush away the toxins in your body. Balanced nutrition can help you
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Active! If you are sedentary- focus on
getting more exercise. If you walk just 30 minutes a day it will improve
your overall health.
to find a way that will relieve your stress. We all know dealing with little kids day in and day
out can be very stressful- then add the stressors from family, friends and
life! These stresses can wear you down and make you sick. Find what works
for you… yoga, exercise, reading, resting, massage, a hot bath, etc. … to reduce
your stress levels.
Other Child Health Issues You Need to Deal With
As a care giver, you need to be aware that parents may ask you about “my child’s mental health”.
Child Mental Health Services
as well as child health information is available to child care providers when you have concerns.
Immunizations and Autism,
the CDC and the NIH, two of the leading health organizations say that there is no relationship between the two.
Acid Reflux in Infants
Baby Acid Reflux
Some people believe that baby acid reflux is only in sickly infants, but most babies who have it are otherwise healthy.
Something as simple as
Severe Diaper Rash
is part of the health system you are responsible for as a child care
provider. Many times the system begins with you and how you react and
treat the issues that come up will determine how healthy your child care
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