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19. Disposable gloves are worn when needed to protect children and caregivers from illness while diapering

Documentation Needed

Photo of disposable gloves kept safely by the diapering station
•Copy of the policy stating that caregivers wear disposable gloves:
-when diapering children who are ill-
-when they themselves are pregnant or may become pregnant
•Policy includes information about risks of cytomegalovirus (CMV) to pregnant women

Why Is This Important

"Maintaining sanitary conditions during toileting/diapering routines is necessary to minimize the spread of germs in the early childhood classroom. So it is important for every child and staff member that sanitary procedures be carried out consistently and correctly to protect the health of the staff, the children, their families, and greater community." (Cryer, D., Harms, T., & Riley, C. (2003). Chapter 12: Toileting/diapering. In All about the ecers-r (p. 111). Lewisville, NC, USA: Kaplan Early Learning Company.)

Helpful Websites

http://nrckids.org/CFOC3/index.html  Standard 3.2.1.4  Diaper Changing Procedure pg 106 (National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education)

http://cfoc.nrckids.org/StandardView/7.7.1.1 (Caring for Our Children staff education and policies on Cytomegalovirus)

http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/crypto/daycare/outbreak.html (Information on preventing Crypto in child care from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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