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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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For more information, see the topic Food Poisoning and Safe Food Handling.

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.
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Last Updated: November 26, 2012
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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