Chapter 3: Health Promotion and Protection
3.2.3 Exposure to Body Fluids
188.8.131.52: Cuts and Scrapes
Cuts or sores that are actively dripping, oozing, or draining body fluids should be covered with a dressing to avoid contamination of surfaces in child care. The caregiver/teacher should wear gloves if there is contact with any wound (cut or scrape) that has material that could be transmitted to another surface.
A child or caregiver/teacher with a cut or sore that is leaking a body fluid that cannot be contained or cannot be covered with a dressing, should be excluded from the facility until the cut or sore is scabbed over or healed.
RATIONALETouching a contaminated object or surface may spread infectious organisms (1,2). Body fluids may contain infectious organisms (1,2).
Gloves can provide a protective barrier against infectious organisms that may be present in body fluids (1,2).
COMMENTSCovering sores on lips and on eyes is difficult. Children or caregivers/teachers who are unable to prevent contact with these exposed lesions should be excluded until lesions do not present a risk of transmission of a pathogen.
TYPE OF FACILITYCenter, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS184.108.40.206 Orientation Topics
220.127.116.11 Prevention of Exposure to Blood and Body Fluids
18.104.22.168 Inclusion/Exclusion/Dismissal of Children
22.214.171.124 First Aid and Emergency Supplies
Appendix D: Gloving
- Aronson, S. S., T. R. Shope, eds. 2017. Managing infectious diseases in child care and schools: A quick reference guide, pp. 43-48. 4th Edition. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.