A Healthy Preschool Atmosphere--3 Ways to Keep Your Preschoolers Healthy

Published: 08th February 2010
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Keeping the atmosphere in a preschool clean and healthy isn't as easy as it might at first seem. But with just a few simple but consistent steps you can keep your preschool healthy for all.

Sanitize Common Surfaces Daily-There are sanitizing wipes that make this job easier than it sounds. Use them to wipe off changing areas, door knobs, tables and chairs, windows or surfaces on which children might put their mouths. The wipes should contain at least 60 percent alcohol, and this should be done at a time when children are not present.

Practice and Model Good Personal Hygiene-Make sure are tissues readily available for sneezes, coughs, and runny noses. Practice sneezing into your arm rather than into hands. This will greatly reduce the number of germs that can spread when joining hands or using hands on common such as crayons and toys.

Emphasize eating from their plate and cup rather than sharing food or utensils. Make a routine that includes always washing hands before eating and after using the bathroom. It's also a good idea to have them wash their hands whenever they enter the room. This reduces the number of germs that will come into your room from other places.

Filter the Air-This a part of germ control that is not addressed frequently enough. Even if each child only forgets to cover a cough or sneeze once each day, there are still potentially a huge number of airborne viruses that can be sent airborne. It's a fact of life.

Germs often lay dormant for quite a while waiting for the right host to come along. Other times they attach to airborne particles already in the air such as dust, mildew and mold spores, pollen and even pet dander (brought in on clothes of children who own pets) and are inhaled or ingested by an unsuspecting victim. Since many respiratory conditions such as allergies and asthma are exacerbated by particulates, filtering the air with a cleaner that can remove them before they cause problems is a good idea.

Since it has been shown that younger children have less resistance to the H1N1 virus, unfiltered air makes them sitting ducks for this strain of flu. Like them, their hygiene habits are a work in progress. So clearing the air consistently with a medical grade high efficiency particle arresting (HEPA) air purifier is one more way you can you can be assured that your preschool environment is as healthy as it can be.

And because many preschools are located in basements of churches, they are often used by other adults and children after the preschoolers are gone. 24 hour filtration removes germs even when no one is there and prevents children, staff, and parents from being exposed to airborne germs and pollutants that can contribute to colds, flu, and other conditions that are highly contagious.

Unfortunately, the world is full of germs. But reducing the germ count gives our little ones much more of a chance at staying healthy.


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