GUIDE TO SAFE FOOD
your preschooler safe is your number
one priority. Building safe habits
will be valuable throughout
their lives. Follow these 10 simple
tips to keep food safe and clean for
1 - Develop a healthy habit for
Encourage hand-washing after using
the bathroom, before and after
eating, after playing with pets, or
whenever they are dirty.
Preschoolers are less likely to get
sick if they wash their hands
often. Keep a stool by the
sink to make handwashing easier.
2 - Make hand-washing
Sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”
or the “Alphabet” song or count for
20 seconds each time to make sure
your child is washing long enough.
Have them pick out a favorite soap
to keep them interested.
3 - Send them off with a safe and
Keep foods cold by adding a frozen
juice box or small ice pack to an
insulated lunch box. When using
paper lunch bags, double bag to help
maintain the temperature.
4 - Keep hot lunches hot!
Use an insulated thermos to keep
foods like soup warm until
lunchtime. Fill your thermos with
boiling water and let stand for a
few minutes. Then empty the water
and fill with piping hot food.
5 - Safe snacking!
Many hands touching snacks can
result in the spread of germs.
Divide snacks up into small bags or
buy single-serve packets. Rinse
fruits and vegetables before slicing
and serving them as snacks.
6 - Stay clean!
Young children can easily get sick
because their immune systems are not
fully developed. Keep food and
surfaces clean. Wash surfaces before
and after you prepare foods like
fish, meat, eggs, and cheese for
7 - Holiday eggs!
Hard-cooked eggs are a fun tradition
for many families. After boiling
eggs, dye them in food-safe coloring
and return them to the refrigerator
within 2 hours to keep them safe to
8 - Some foods are hard to
Avoid foods that are hard to swallow
or cut them into small pieces, about
1/2 inch. Hard-to-swallow foods
can include peanuts, popcorn, round
slices of hot dog, hard candy, whole
grapes, and cherry tomatoes.
9 - Watch how they eat!
To prevent choking, have your
preschoolers sit down when they eat.
Avoid letting them run, walk, play,
or lie down with food in their
10 - Seafood for preschoolers!
Omega-3 fats in fish and shellfish
have important health benefits for
young children. But be aware of
chemicals such as mercury. Choices
that are often lower in mercury
include salmon, sardines, tilapia,
trout, pollock, and catfish.
|Article Source - United States
Department of Agriculture
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