Approximately, 11 million U.S. children under age 5 spend an average of 35 hours a week in child care, per some recent data. And the people who take care of them may not always be nearly as aware of hygiene.
On top of that, according to Census Bureau data, one third of young children — or 6.7 million — receive care from a nonrelative on a regular basis, including 4.8 million children who attend an organized preschool or daycare facility. The remaining children are involved in other kinds of arrangements, such as daycare programs based in a provider’s home. This data is courtesy of JournalistsResource.org.
And it’s not cheap to have a child in daycare.
The less money you make, the harder it is to place a child there. Some reports claim that if the family income is less than $20,000 per year, 40% of that income goes to daycare costs.
You would think that daycare of any kind would be aware of their hygiene practices. Heck, at the supermarket, or any restaurant, there is always a sign saying that when workers utilize the rest room, they are commanded (via a dinky sign near the sink) to wash hands before reporting back to their work task.
Yeah…like that happens.
When I read a recent story of some data from the state of Arkansas, I cringed.
If employees don’t do a good job of washing hands where food is served, you might think that it would be better at a childcare center.
You would be wrong if this alarming recent story is accurate. This story is an eye-opener. https://goo.gl/Zv9F8X
The guidelines are clear for all employees who encounter children and babies.
And yet, when recorded on video, it’s all too apparent that a majority of daycare workers either don’t care enough, are too lackadaisical to properly sanitize their hands or simply weren’t trained properly.
In fact, only 22% of the recorded workers washed their hands per instructions that all workers are supposed to comply; an insufficient number by any standard. 22%!!!
And the health consequences could be potentially catastrophic.
Those are YOUR children that you pay (in some cases) a good amount of your income to house your offspring when you can’t be with them.
Am I surprised by all this lack-of-compliance when it comes to hand-washing?
Let’s face it. We SAY we are living in a civilized society; but when it comes right down to it, many have a lax view regarding good hygiene.
Even healthcare workers can be lax. If HEALTHCARE professionals don’t wash their hands enough as they should, how can we expect lay people (including daycare workers) to do it properly? https://goo.gl/I2pX0F
Which leads me to my mission in life.
Learn how to wash your hands.
Learn when to wash your hands.
Learn that after you wash your hands, use a hand sanitizer.
But (and this is a BIG BUT—no jokes please) please use an ALCOHOL-FREE hand sanitizing product like safeHands® brand. Here are the scientific facts about safeHands®. http://www.safehands.com/our-science/
ALCOHOL-based hand sanitizers can be toxic, as some people can’t have alcohol on their skin. Ask ANY nurse. They will likely tell you they can’t stand those ALCOHOL brands because they dry hands.
Plus, they are flammable. Who wants to burn alive when a flame gets near alcohol? Not me.
Safehands® is the most extensively tested and leading alcohol free hand sanitizer on the market today. Founded by Doctors, safeHands® meets all FDA recommended testing protocols. safeHands main active ingredient: Benzalkonium Chloride, is FDA approved and kills 99.99% of germs. SafeHands® moisturizes the skin while it sanitizes, even on sensitive skin. There are no long term affects from frequent daily use.
I plead with you, that if you come in contact with children at a daycare center, or even in your own home; wash your hands. See the link above (the eye-opening story) about when you should always wash your hands.
As 2016 comes to an end, I want to thank all my readers and the people who allow me to vent about a topic that is near and dear to my heart – the people who manufacture, sell and distribute safeHands® brand ALCOHOL-FREE hand sanitizer.
Special thanks to Dr. Jay Reubens, the founder of safeHands® for realizing the need to have an alternative to ALCOHOL-laden sanitizers.
Reach me anytime at BigJaySorensen@gmail.com.
Smart health starts with safeHands®.
Spread the word, not the germs.
Have a wonderful and clean 2017.