How to prevent the spread of pink eye

Because children are in close contact in day care centers and classrooms, its difficult to avoid
the spread of bacteria and viruses causing pink eye.

Teachers,school nurses and day care supervisors should encourage parents to notify them if a child
has a pink eye so classroom and other shared environments can be sanitized.

Parents should minimize exposure by keeping their child with pink eye home until the contagious stage has passed.
the child’s doctor can advise when the contagious stage has passed,usually three to five days a diagnosis.

Tips to prevent a pink eye outbreak:

  • Wash your hands frequently, and encourage children to do the same. soap should always be available.
  • Never allow personal items, including hand towels, to be shared at school or at home.
  • Encourage children to use tissues and cover their mouths and noses when they sneeze or cough.
  • Discourage eye rubbing and touching, to avoid spread of bacteria and viruses.
  • Use antiseptic solutions constantly to wipe common toys,table tops, drinking fountains, faucet handles etc

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