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    Health and Safety, Ages 2 to 5 Years - Healthy Habits for Preventing Infection and Illness

    Safe food preparation and precautions

    You can prevent most cases of food poisoning by being careful when you prepare and store food. Wash your hands and working surfaces while preparing food, cook foods to safe temperatures, and refrigerate foods promptly. Be especially careful when you cook or heat perishable foods, such as eggs, meats, poultry, fish, shellfish, milk, and milk products.

    To help prevent food poisoning:

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    Protect against the spread of illness

    Colds and flu can occur at any time of year. These upper respiratory infections (URIs) spread easily. Take extra precautions to help protect your child against these and other viral and bacterial infections.

    Visit the doctor regularly

    Schedule regular well-child appointments. During these visits, the doctor:

    • Gives your child a general physical exam.
    • Gives or schedules immunizations.
    • Asks you questions about your child's health and development and whether you have any concerns.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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