Gurgly Brooks Childcare

A loving home where every child is seen as a blessing!

Hands Up For Hygiene! 

Hand washing thoroughly and with regularity is a must at Gurgly Brooks Childcare.

I teach the importance of proper, regular hand hygiene and encourage parents to reinforce hand washing at home by their example.  Teaching an effective hand washing routine is a healthy habit that will benefit everyone for a lifetime.

Hand washing starts upon arrival at Gurgly Brooks Childcare where I help the younger ones thoroughly wash.  Hand washing is also done after toileting and blowing nose, before and after food preparation and eating, after playing outside, and any other time they have messy hands from crafts and such.  Each child has their own towel that is cleaned daily.

Proper hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid contracting and spreading many infections such as the common cold, influenza, and several gastrointestinal disorders that are commonly spread through hand-to-mouth contact.

Inadequate hand hygiene also contributes to food-related illnesses, such as Salmonella, E.Coli infection, and Campylobacter.  When peoples belongings were tested for a t.v show to bring awareness to the germs and bacteria that can be found on personal items, E. Coli was found on such things as steering wheels, cell phones and women's purses.

My home is cleaned daily, including washing the floors.  Toys are washed and disinfected at least once a month.  Baby toys are done much more frequently as they are in their mouths.  Babies change table pad is naturally disinfected after each use.  Children are not permitted to bring blankets or toys into the bathroom to play or while using the toilet. 

For Effective Hand Hygiene:

1. Wet hands,

2. Use soap,

3. Wash at least 20 seconds or sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,

4. Rinse well,

5. Dry hands with a clean towel or paper towel,

6. Turn off water with a paper towel to prevent re-contamination.

When To Wash Hands:

  • Before & after food preparation & eating

  • Handling raw meat & poultry 

  • Going to the toilet, changing a diaper,

  • Blowing your nose, Sneezing/coughing on hands,

  • Handling pets, scooping litter & dog waste

  • Gardening, playing outdoors

Pin Worms - Anyone Can Get Them!

I'm including some information with a link about pin worms as they are common among children and are so easily spread with the eggs traveling under finger nails, remaining alive on surfaces for about two weeks and light enough to become airborne from ruffling or moving sheets and clothing that the eggs are hanging around on.  The eggs can then be inhaled and ingested.  You can also pick up pin worm eggs by touching infected surfaces like counter tops, beds, utensils, towels, etc., without knowing it as they are microscopic.  When you put you hand or fingers to your mouth, you ingest them, then they hatch in your intestines and live on fecal matter inside you.  The female pin worms come down the rectum and out the anus at night to lay their eggs which can cause much itching and restlessness during the night. 

Keeping nails short with regular and proper hand washing helps prevent the spread of pin worms.  Remember to wash under your nails, don't scratch your bottom or bite your nails!  Daily morning bathing, changing of underwear each morning (carefully to prevent eggs from becoming airborne) will help control the pin worm population.   It is recommended to launder your undies,  pj's and sheets in hot water as the eggs can hang around in the clothing and bedding.  It is beneficial to clean your home regularly and anything that can't be should be sealed in a bag for a month.

People who get pin worms are not dirty - kids can get them no matter how often they bath or play in the mud.

I've included the link below for much more information, how it's diagnosed, and Dr.'s treatment.