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Daycare and school are environments conducive to the spread of infections. Here is some information for concerned parents who wish to prevent them.
You only have to spend a few minutes observing the daily activities in a daycare centre to see how lively it is! It would seem that the little ones aren’t the only ones having a good time; unfortunately, there can also be germs.
Many of today's parents must rely on daycare to better balance work and family life. Daycare centres are living environments where well-being, safety, and optimal child development are a priority. Although they have a number of advantages for youngsters and their parents, the inconveniences, such as the risk of infections, cannot be ignored.
It has been shown that children who attend daycare full-time are up to three times more likely to contract infections than children of the same age who stay at home. However, this trend is reversed for school-aged children. Attending daycare seems to have a "protective" effect, enabling children to strengthen their immunity against various infections.
Babies and young children are often more vulnerable to infections. Moreover, daycare is an environment conducive to the spread of germs. This can be explained by a variety of factors, including:
The spread of germs can occur in different ways, including through contact such as:
Germs can contaminate another person by entering through a port of entry. This may consist of mucous membrane in the mouth, nose or conjunctiva (mucous membrane in the eyes), for example.
Viruses are generally very contagious. The coronavirus is one that is particularly so. This is why it is so important to implement and follow very rigorous measures to prevent it from spreading.
Many common infections are caused by a virus:
Others can be caused by bacteria:
Some can be caused by a virus or bacteria. For example, this is the case for:
Finally, pediculosis (lice infection) is an example of an infection caused by a parasite.
As a parent, you cannot control everything that goes on in your child’s environment. However, by focusing on the following measures, you can reduce the risk of your child contracting or spreading an infection.
Don't hesitate to speak to your pharmacist, who can inform you about the prevention of infections.
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