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What should you look for in a daycare center's handwashing policy?

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The ideal center should require employees to wash their hands as often as a doctor does -- in between touching every child.

If your child-care center doesn't have a sink in every room, look for bottles of hand sanitizer. If employees have to leave the room to clean their hands, they may be less likely to do it.

SOURCES:

Aseelah El-Amin, Atlanta. Ga.

Sheldon Berkowitz, MD, medical director, General Pediatrics Clinic, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Laurie Lee Richter, director, Kidopolis Child Development Center, Tulane University, New Orleans.

Caring for Our Children, 3 Edition, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2011. rd

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 05, 2017

SOURCES:

Aseelah El-Amin, Atlanta. Ga.

Sheldon Berkowitz, MD, medical director, General Pediatrics Clinic, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Laurie Lee Richter, director, Kidopolis Child Development Center, Tulane University, New Orleans.

Caring for Our Children, 3 Edition, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2011. rd

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 05, 2017

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