Content tagged "child care health and safety"

Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting in Child Care

Child Care Updated: July 01, 2016

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...

Health and Safety in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 16, 2015

Keeping children of all ages safe and healthy is one of the most important tasks of child care providers. Whether children are in center- or home-based care,...

Insect Repellent and Sunscreen Safety Tips for Children in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 13, 2015

Insect repellent and sunscreen may seem harmless, but they are still medications. Child care providers using these chemicals need to treat them like any...

Hand Washing in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 13, 2015

Keeping all children healthy is an important goal of child care programs, and washing hands carefully and thoroughly can help children and child care...

Preventing Illness in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 13, 2015

Because children in child care spend so much time together, it's not unusual for germs to spread. Child care providers can reduce the spread of common...

Guidelines for Applying Sunscreen in a Child Care Program

Child Care Updated: October 02, 2015

Sunscreen is important to protect young children because they are very susceptible to sunburn. Yet applying sunscreen to children in a child care program...

Tips to Prevent Spreading Germs during Diapering

Child Care Updated: October 02, 2015

Diaper changes are an important part of caring for infants and toddlers. But diaper changing can also be a source of spreading germs if child care providers...

10 Steps to Change a Diaper in a Child Care Setting

Child Care Updated: October 02, 2015

Children in child care are more likely to share germs because they are in close contact. Child care providers can prevent the spread of germs and reduce the...

Using Hand Washing Songs to Encourage Children in Child Care to Wash Hands Thoroughly

Child Care Updated: October 02, 2015

Hand washing is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of germs in child care. When washing hands, it is important to scrub for a full 20...

Bathroom Safety in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 02, 2015

As children begin to use the toilet, bathroom safety becomes especially important. Because there are many potential safety hazards in the bathroom, child...

Diapering and Toileting in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 02, 2015

Diapering and toileting are two of the most common times that germs are spread in child care. Child care providers need to know the right way to change...

Preventing Injuries in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 02, 2015

Injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for young children. Young children are at higher risk of injuries overall, and certain injuries are...

Dealing with Allergic Reactions in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 02, 2015

Food allergies are relatively common among children in child care programs. To keep everyone in the child care facility safe and healthy, child care...

Dental Health in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 01, 2015

Promoting good dental health begins in early childhood. Child care providers can help children learn how to care for their teeth and encourage good dental...

Keeping Children's Teeth Clean in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 01, 2015

Child care providers can help promote young children's dental health by teaching good dental habits. Here are some general tips for child care providers to...

Handling Teething in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 01, 2015

Cutting teeth is an important milestone in babies' physical development. Unfortunately, getting new teeth is an uncomfortable experience for some babies....

Car Safety in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 01, 2015

Child passenger safety is a big concern for all involved in child care. Parents who bring children to and from a child care program want to be sure they are...

Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 01, 2015

Child care providers can help support good dental health in young children. Bottles should be used only for feeding, not as a pacifier or for comfort....

Choosing, Introducing, and Caring for Pets in Child Care

Child Care Companion Animals Updated: October 01, 2015

Having a pet to talk to and touch can be a great benefit to children in child care, especially shy youngsters. Children can learn responsibility by caring...

What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

Child Care Updated: September 30, 2015

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden, unexplained death of an infant younger than 1 year old. It is the leading cause of death in children...

Choosing a Car Seat: What Child Care Providers and Parents Need to Know

Child Care Updated: September 29, 2015

Transporting young children safely is an important issue both for parents and for child care providers. If you are a child care provider transporting...

Immunization Requirements for Child Care

Child Care Updated: September 29, 2015

Children in child care may be more susceptible to sharing illnesses because they spend so much time together. Immunizing children is a simple step that...

Preparing a Vehicle Safety Kit for Your Child Care Program

Child Care Updated: September 28, 2015

Field trips can be valuable learning experiences for young children in a child care program. Unfortunately, emergencies can happen on these outings. However,...

Tips to Keep Children in Child Care Safe Inside and Outside Cars

Child Care Updated: September 27, 2015

Child care providers play an important role in helping children learn how to be safe around cars. Whether you are taking preschoolers on a field trip or...

Medication in Child Care

Child Care Updated: September 27, 2015

Child care providers need to use caution when giving medications to children in their care. Medications include those prescribed by a doctor, such as...

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