The single most important way to prevent infection is frequent hand washing by both adults and children. To minimize the spread of disease to everything that is touched, wash the hands with a liquid disinfectant soap for several minutes. Hands should be washed after toileting/diapering, before preparing or eating food, after handling an animal, after covering a sneeze or cough, after blowing the nose, before and after treating a sore or wound. At BestCare Family Medical Center, we’ve made prevention committed to being your family doctors and family physicians in Garland, TX. We’ve always been in the business of providing quality health care that allows people to lead healthy and productive lives.
It is also important to follow these two general rules of hygiene: 1) Personal grooming articles, such as combs and toothbrushes, and clothing, particularly hats, should never be shared and should be labeled and stored separately. 2) Toys and equipment should be cleaned and sanitized frequently, particularly in programs that care for infants and toddlers, who tend to put everything in their mouths.
Diseases that are spread via the air, such as colds, are probably the most difficult to prevent. However, it is possible to control the spread of these germs by:
- providing care in well-ventilated areas
- using disposable tissues and depositing soiled tissues in covered containers
- washing toys and eating utensils thoroughly and frequently
- laundering bed linens between use by different children
Because many diseases can be spread via urine and feces, it is important to:
- Always wash hands prior to and after changing diapers or assisting a child with toileting.
- Wear disposable gloves whenever possible when changing diapers or assisting with toileting.
- Store soiled diapers in a covered container.
- Use a diaper service or disposable diapers whenever possible.
- Disinfect the changing table after each diapering.
- Locate the diapering area and sink away from the food preparation area.
To prevent the spread of skin infections or blood-borne pathogens like HIV:
- Cover any open sore on either a child or a provider with a bandage.
- Dispose of soiled bandages or other dressings in a covered container inaccessible to others.
- Require permission from a physician before a child with skin eruptions can participate in a group setting.
- Sanitize bed linens before they are used by another child.
- Wear disposable gloves whenever possible when cleaning wounds and applying or changing bandages and dressings.