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10 Ways to Help Your Toddler Be Germ Smart


Cold's and flu can hit in force in any season, plus there have been a host of other strange and scary illnesses in the news lately. It's impossible to keep your toddler from coming into contact with germs, but there are some things you can do to help minimize the risk.

1. Keep Little Hands Clean

Soap and water are still the best line of defense against spreading germs. Get in the habit of having your toddler wash her hands after playing with anybody's toys. The sink should also be the first stop every time you get home from errands or play dates.

2. Use Hand Sanitizer

If you can't get to the sink, make sure your toddler uses some hand sanitizer. It won't kill all the germs, but it can decrease the amount of germs on your toddler's hands. For hand sanitizer to work it needs to contain at least 60% alcohol, so if your toddler still sucks on his fingers wait until you can use soap and water.

3. Don't Share Drinks