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COMMON COLD IN THE CHILD CARE SETTING
The common cold is caused by many different types of viruses. Usual symptoms
can include sore throat, runny nose and watering eyes, sneezing, chills,
and a general, all-over achiness.
Colds may be spread when a well person breathes in germs that an infected
person has coughed, sneezed, or breathed into the air or when a well person
comes in direct contact with the nose, mouth, or throat secretions of an
infected person (for example, when a well person's hands touch a surface
that the infected person has coughed or sneezed on).
To prevent the spread of colds:
Excluding children with mild respiratory infections, including colds, is
generally not recommended as long as the child can participate comfortably
and does not require a level of care that would jeopardize the health and
safety of other children. Such exclusion is of little benefit since viruses
are likely to be spread even before symptoms have appeared.
Make sure that all children and adults use good handwashing practices.
Clean and disinfect all common surfaces and toys on a daily basis.
Make sure the child care facility is well ventilated, either by opening
windows or doors or by using a ventilation system to periodically exchange
the air inside the child care facility.
Make sure that children are not crowded together, especially during naps
on floor mats or cots.
Teach children to cover coughs and wipe noses using disposable tissues
in a way that secretions are contained by the tissues and do not get on
Article Reference: U.S. Department of Health and
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