Now that flu season has come into full swing, we need to take extra precautions to protect your children. Children younger than five years of age, especially those younger than two years old, are at high risk of serious flu complications. Children younger than six months are at higher risk for serious flu complications but are too young to get the flu vaccination. Because of this, it is especially important for us as caregivers to protect children younger than six months old.
Some every day preventative methods we can all do for children include staying away from people who are sick. If you have flu symptoms, avoid others, especially children, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands often with soap and warm water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
At Delaware Child Development Center, the teachers frequently disinfect all toys and touched surfaces throughout the center daily with a bleach solution. The teachers are watchful and observe the children closely for signs and symptoms of illness. If your child develops a fever, has shallow or rapid breathing, or is less responsive than normal, vomits, has diarrhea or an unidentifiable rash, we will be contacting you. A note from a doctor stating your child is not contagious is required to bring your child back to care if the child has not been symptom free for 24 hours. We take the spread of illness very seriously.