16 Things That You May Not Know Are Happening at Daycare

There are some suprising things that happen when you drop your child off. Here's what you need to know. (17 Photos)

Sally Schultheiss on May 17, 2013 at 7:26PM

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Hand Washing is Less of a Rule, More of a Happenstance

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a Sally Schultheiss on Aug 19, 2010 at 10:23PM

According to the medical journal, Infectious Diseases in Children, one-third of daycare facilities surveyed had "poor hand washing techniques and no policy for hand washing before eating or after playing outside." A sick child sucks his fingers (and who are we kidding? -- there are sick children in daycare), then puts those fingers on a toy, on a paintbrush, in the playdough, another child touches it and -- bingo! We’ve got a viral sniffle.

What to do: Inquire, inquire, inquire. Ask about hand-washing procedures and rules, and ask to see the sink where it all happens. Is there clean and available soap? Clean towels and proper waste disposal? Are workers required to wash hands after changing a diaper? Do the children scrub up before snacks and meals? There should be rules, and if there aren’t, offer to make some or ask that some be made.

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