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Lysol® recognizes the importance of educating students about healthy habits, both in the classroom and at home so they can stay healthy and won't miss school because of sick days. That's why we've partnered with the National Education Association (NEA) and National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to develop materials that help educate students on healthy habits like proper hand washing tips, how to prevent germs from spreading and much, much more!

Sending Your Child to Daycare

The numbers of preschool children enrolled in school-based educational programs and childcare centers have increased steadily over the past two decades. More kids in school means more contact with other people's germs.

Getting Sick and Catching Colds

Several studies have revealed an increased risk of respiratory, ear, and gastrointestinal infections in daycare and preschool settings. But the good news is that studies have also shown that by practicing good hygiene, daycare and preschool programs can reduce the chance that your child will get sick.

Common colds and diarrheal disease are two of the most common afflictions your child may "bring home from preschool." As a parent, you can talk to your daycare provider or preschool teacher to make sure that they are following these practices to help prevent the spread of germs:

  • Washing their hands frequently, and whenever possible between contacts with children, especially after assisting them with toileting.
    • If soap and water aren't available, encourage them to use a hand sanitizer.
    • Ask them to remind children to wash their hands throughout the day, especially after using the bathroom, before eating, and if they look dirty.
  • Making sure their sink locations and restrooms are stocked with soap, paper towels or working hand dryers. While hand washing is the method of choice, other non-sink areas should have access to alcohol-based hand cleaner; it should be kept out of the reach of the children.
  • Cleaning frequently touched surfaces like desks and cubbies, toys, and commonly shared items at least daily and when visibly soiled with an EPA-registered disinfectant, and keeping the disinfectant out of the reach of children. (Toys being used by children should be rinsed after disinfection.)
  • Cleaning and disinfecting lunch and snack areas regularly, as well as any food prep area they may have in their classroom or center. All food contact surfaces must be rinsed well with water after disinfection.
  • Encouraging everyone to "cover their coughs" (and sneezes).
  • If your child takes a bus to preschool, try encouraging the bus driver to clean/disinfect the handrails and bus seats regularly.