If your children are enrolled in a daycare program, they probably spend large portions of their day there. With cold and flu season approaching, you probably spend a lot of time wondering what measures are being taken by your child’s daycare facility to minimize the risk of illness.
Since daycares are full of germs, keeping materials, surfaces and equipment sanitized should be a priority in any childcare setting.
Germs are everywhere and it would be silly for us to think that we can eliminate them and prevent illnesses. However, there are measures that daycare centers can take to minimize the number of times that your kids become ill.
Aside from the notably important hand washing rule, there are other things that can be done to protect our children from frequent bouts of illness. Hopefully, this article will help you realize how often the things in your child’s daycare should be cleaned and sanitized.
Changing tables should be sanitized after each use.
Eating facilities should be disinfected after each use.
Chairs should be sanitized weekly.
Bathrooms should be cleaned and disinfected twice a day more often if they are soiled.
Diaper pails and garbage cans should be emptied daily and disinfected twice a week.
Teething rings should be disinfected after each use.
Highchairs should be disinfected after each use.
Cribs sheets should be changed weekly or after each individual child, more often if they are soiled.
Crib mattresses should be sprayed and wiped with bleach water weekly.
Small rugs need to be laundered in the washing machine on a weekly basis.
Carpets should be cleaned at least once a month. Due to the enormous expense, most facilities will have carpets cleaned every ninety days.
Teddy bears hold tons of germs and should not be a part of a large daycare facility. If they are, they should be laundered at least twice a week.
Floors need to be mopped daily.
Small toys like Legos or pegs should be soaked weekly in a solution of bleach water.
Infant swings should be sanitized after each use.
Hand-washing sinks should be sanitized daily.
Soap dispensers should be sanitized daily.
Dress-up-clothes should be laundered weekly.
Any surface contaminated with mucus, saliva, stool, vomit, or blood should be cleaned and sanitized immediately. If you have concerns about how often your childcare facility chooses to sanitize their surfaces and equipment, don’t be afraid to address them to owner.