Every parent grows very concerned when their child gets sick. But illnesses are a very much part of the norm when kids attend preschool Austin, TX.
The reason for such frequent sickness is because your child’s immune system is still being developed and children who come into contact with other children are more likely to pass these infections to one another.
The result is a seemingly constant barrage of colds and related symptoms because a child is being introduced to new sickness and illness that his or her body and immune system has never had to contend with previously. And why would they, these are very young children who are just starting out with life.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to allow your boy or girl to pick up every sneeze, cough, and sniffle that makes its way through their preschool class. There are six things you can do to help your child stave off these infections and illnesses to keep them safe and healthy when they’re around their peers.
1. Washing Hands
Let’s be honest, most children of preschool age are pretty forgetful when it comes to keeping their hands clean. Not only do they neglect to wash them on a regular basis but they are usually sticking their hands into all kinds of things and places where they shouldn’t be. This can lead to all manner of germs and bacteria accumulating on their fingers and palms and it’s the leading cause of illness being spread between children.
But when the staff forgets to wash their hands, that’s just a recipe for contagion. So all preschool teachers and staff members should wash their hands repeatedly as it will reduce the likelihood of illness being spread amongst the children but also set a good example for them to learn to do the same.
2. Illness Protocol
Many preschools will have certain policies in place for parents to retrieve their children when the child is exhibiting signs of fever and other cold and flu-like symptoms. Ask your preschool what type of policies and restrictions they have in place and see how stringent they are about enforcement.
Many times, a child is already contagious before exhibiting any indications of sickness and then it’s potentially too late to avoid an classroom outbreak. So be sure to discuss how the preschool deals with illnesses and be sure you understand the policies that govern whether or not a child should be sent home from class.
3. Strengthen the Immune System
This brings us to directly helping your child to fight off illness. Since another kid in your child’s preschool could be sick yet exhibiting no outward symptoms and therefore remaining in close proximity to your son or daughter, it’s imperative that you take the necessary steps towards improving your child’s immune system against infection.
The way to do this is by introducing foods that are high in nutrients such as fruits and vegetables, along with food that is rich in iron which is an essential component to a stronger immune system. Ensuring the child gets enough sleep is also a surefire way to strengthen and improve their immunity. If you have trouble getting your child to eat these iron-rich foods, you may want to consider having him or her take an iron supplement with meals.
A hot-button topic as of late with many parents refusing to vaccinate their children based on what they consider to be facts, many preschools have been caught in the crossfire. Most of them will still require a child to have some level of immunization before being admitted but there are some facilities out there all too happy to cater to those parents who are still resistant to vaccines.
Be sure your preschool has a hard and fast stance for supporting vaccinations as a component for admission into the facility. In addition, you may also want to be sure that the staff is also current on their immunizations.
5. Licensing Regulations
Most daycare facilities are bound to comply with certain state and local licensing regulations which can vary from one state to another. Look into the level of regulation that is required by your state laws and ensure that your preschool is adhering to them. You may also want to ask if there are policies in place to supervise proper training of all staff personnel so they may remain in compliance at all times.
6. Reducing Contamination
Preschool children are experts at picking up all kinds of germs that are just lying around. It’s up to the preschool staff to keep everything clean and sanitary to the best of their ability. That means reducing the risk of cross-contamination among bottles and dirty diapers. Constant cleaning and disinfecting is absolutely critical and you need to find out how often your child’s preschool conducts this type of maintenance.