Coughs and colds are common during the early years. Nannies can help to prevent the spread of illness by teaching and reinforcing a few practical principles.
Encouraging children to use a tissue to catch a cough or sneeze can help to prevent the spread of germs through airborne particles. Children should also be taught to use a tissue to wipe their nose.
Encouraging children to use their own eating utensils and glasses or cups instead of sharing those items with siblings or friends can also help to prevent the spread of illness.
Keeping children home from school if they are sick can also help stop the spread of illness to others. Parents and nannies should be familiar with the sick child policies of the school and programs that the children attend.
Nannies should be familiar with the US Food and Drug Administration’s ruling on over-the-counter cough and cold products that resulted in infant cough and cold medications being pulled off store shelves and other medications relabeled to indicate that they should not be given to children under the age of 4.