Preschools and child care centers are great places for parents seeking child care services that will educate and socialize their child at the same time. However, one of the challenges for parents who send their child to preschool is keeping the child healthy. Simply put, children who congregate in one location have a way of sharing germs, and many children will get sick throughout the year. The following steps can help you keep your child healthy while attending preschool.
Teach Your Child to Wash Their Hands
If your child learns to wash their hands at home, your child may be more likely to wash their hands at school. Keep a stool by the sink at your house that will enable your child to wash their hands independently after going to the bathroom. Also, spend time with your child practicing hand washing, so that your child knows the right technique.
If you're looking for a fun way to teach your child about hand washing, put a little oil on your child's hands, then throw a few dashes of glitter on the oil. The glitter will stick to your child's hands. Tell your child the glitter is like germs. To teach your child about the spread of germs, have your child touch things in the room, or touch food on a plate, to show how the glitter can easily spread from one surface to another. When you're finished, have your child wash away the germs with warm water and hand soap.
Stay On Top of Vaccines
Work with your child's doctor to ensure that your child is up to date on all vaccinations before sending him or her to preschool. Very likely your child's preschool will require vaccinations anyway, but ask questions before enrolling your child to find out what happens to children who do not stay up to date with vaccinations. You'll want to ensure that the preschool you choose has a system of checks and balances that ensures that all children receive their shots promptly.
Follow the Preschool's Sick Policy
Your child's preschool has a sick policy for a reason. Familiarize yourself with the sick policy and follow the rules carefully, even if it means staying home from work while your child recovers from a cold. Parents who take the sick policy seriously help contribute to the culture of wellness at the school and prevent the spread of illness throughout the student body.
For more information about how you can keep your child healthy while attending preschool, talk to your child's preschool teacher. He or she can answer your questions and give you advice as needed.