Infection Prevention Tips When Around Sick Children


Cleaning: Infection Control

As I write this article I am recovering from the “crud,” which is my term for an upper respiratory bacterial infection that probably came from my grandkids who recently visited for a few days. Of course, as a grandparent, we are going to hug and kiss and carry our grandchildren around with little regard to the fact that they are recovering from the latest bug acquired at day school, kindergarten or church. My daughters always stress that the kids are probably not contagious and I usually end up proving them wrong. Most of us do not want to be wiping down our grandkids or spraying surfaces with a potent disinfectant that could cause other issues. What can we do to minimize (note I did not say eliminate) possible exposure?

First of all, make an honest effort at washing your hands well and often. It really does not matter whether you use a disinfectant soap or not since it is more important that you take the time to wash thoroughly and, of course, dry your hands with a sanitary wipe or cloth. In that regard, you may consider going to paper towels or changing out all hand towels more often since a soiled, contaminated cloth can pass on germs rather quickly.

Another key point is to use disinfecting wipes often on ALL touch points including door handles, microwave handle/buttons and other surfaces. When possible, wipe and rinse the toys they are playing with since they can pass on a lot of critters that way as well. Make it a point of keeping the floor clean (hard and carpet) so that the chance of transmission is reduced.

Finally, think like a doctor or nurse in that you should not be touching one child and then another without washing your hands since you may be the source of transmission from a sick child to a heathy child without really realizing it. We love our grandkids and should make every effort to protect their health.

Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean..

Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or CTCG50@comcast.net.